Calgary is Caprica

Jordan | Tales Of Hoffman | Sunday, September 30th, 2007

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Calgary isn’t cool just because it loves Body/Antibody. It’s cool because it is living in the freaking future.

For one, people who live there are called Calgerians. I am not 100% sure, but I’m pretty sure it was the Calgerians who sold the Romulans the technology to build the cloaking device.

Also: almost all of downtown is connected by a series of tubes fifteen feet above the ground. They call this the +15 and it is awesome. You can enter a building, go up to the second floor, wander down a bunch of hallways, then go outside again — and be TWENTY BLOCKS AWAY!

And these aren’t just any hallways. These are, like, awesome, space-age hallways. Lots of THX-1138 white and glass. But what’s *really* cool is that you are just wandering around in other peoples’ offices all day. Seriously. As you go in the buildings on your way to each new tunnel — you are seeing people on their way to meetings and stuff. And then — a shopping mall! And then — an indoor garden! Straight out of Silent Running. No! I am not making this up! It is awesome! The +15 is the largest of these things anywhere — bigger than Minneapolis’ “Skyway,” in case you were wondering.

Read more about the +15.

1 Comment »

  1. As a Calgarian (not sure about selling anything to the Romulans), I always find it a little shocking when people anywhere else in the world are aware of my “little town”. Little now equals over a million people, with apparently a geographical footprint that exceeds that of New York and the boroughs. Google Maps will make it pretty clear how that is accomplished… are suburbs still ‘burbs if the whole city is comprised of them? ;)

    Anyways, thanks for blogging about Calgary! The Devonian Gardens are one of my favorite places here.

    Comment by chris — August 2, 2008 @ 11:06 pm

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