Some photos from yesterday
Ok now this one surprised me. I don’t really see this side of Calgary much (well, at all). Disposal Unit for Needles is what it says on the top of it. Found it as we were walking up to 17th, only a few blocks away from my high school.
DevonshireDevonian Gardens [Jenny you are right! Have been in England too long…] – these are gardens at the top of an office building/shopping mall. A few of the buildings downtown surrounding 8th Avenue have shopping malls on the bottom three floors, and then offices in the floors above. This particular one has a green house built into the third floor which is a great place to have lunch when it is -30 degrees out!
The Calgary Tower is iconic of Calgary – it sticks out in the skyline (in fact, all of downtown sticks out as the rest of calgary is flat as a chuckwagon breakfast pancake). It was built in 1967 using a continual pour of concrete which took 24 ddays to finish. 39 feet in an hour. Wowsers. The structure was designed to withstand the elements (climate, high winds, shock, etc.) and was the first in the Western provinces designed to withstand earthquakes (um, even though Calgary doesn’t get them). On a windy day the Tower can, and will, sway up to 16.5 centimetres or 7.5 inches and can withstand winds up to 161 km/hr. Neat-o.
Calgary’s +15 – these are walkways 15 feet above ground which connect pretty much the whole of downtown. They are great as it means you can enter a building from one end of downtown and maneovre your way to your building of choice without having to go outside. Very useful in the dead of winter when more than 2 minutes outside will freeze exposed skin.