2012 is going to be a big year in Calgary. Not only has Calgary been designated as a Cultural Capital of Canada, but it also marks the centennial anniversaries of many prominent cornerstones in Calgary’s community such as the Calgary Stampede, The City of Calgary Recreation, the Calgary Public Library, and the GRAND Theatre.
To help celebrate, we’re debuting a new weekly feature here on GetDown.ca, Throwback Thursdays where we’ll look at some old photos of places in downtown Calgary and see how those spaces have evolved over time.
Today, we’re looking at the 10th Street SW bridge overlooking the downtown core. This picture was taken in the late 1990s/early 2000s and you can see when comparing it with the picture below (which was taken this month), just how much the skyline of the core has changed in about 10 years or so.
As you can see, many condo and apartment buildings have arisen on the banks of the Bow River since the first photo was taken, as well as a few new office towers. You can’t see from these pictures, but the newly-built Peace Bridge now stands in the background overlooking the Bow River.
Taking it all together, you can see just how much Calgary’s skyline has changed in a few years and how all of the development that has happened here in the last couple of decades has contributed to a more vibrant inner core.
This is just a taste of what to expect on Throwback Thursdays, so tune in every Thursday this year to catch a glimpse of downtown Calgary, both old and new.