Calgary in 2164
In 150 years, Calgary will actually be somewhat recognizable. At least if you look at a map. Streets will be in the right place, the districts are present, the parks are all there, and many of the historical buildings, some dating back as early as 1900, will all be there…
What will have changed is the world around us. And we will have changed with it. And prospered.
Calgary has always been a place of mavericks, innovators, daredevils and this trend only continues into the 21st and 22nd centuries. In this future, the people of Calgary embrace the huge challenges that our difficult future brings. Calgary is a centre of the new space age, of space based solar power, and of new-manufacturing. It is a compassionate city that has admitted over 100,000 environmental refugees, most of them Australian. It is a city that moved quickly in the face of environmental destruction, rapidly densifying and becoming more efficient. Above all it is a dynamic societal center, lively and successful.
The Calgary of 2164 is overpopulated. With 2 million people, the absolute maximum number based on water supply, but designed for 1.5 million, Calgary is in a period of transition. It is a city which is designed to face the future of its own time, one with fewer people. It has a large area, a dense core with coherent suburban towns springing off of the Calgary Regional Areas rail and road transportation lines. There is plenty of restored wilderness and farmland within and surrounding the Calgary Regional Area (2020 boundaries). It will be a city designed to assimilate huge numbers of immigrants into a unique and coherent society.
It’s a city that has been rebuilt for a more regional based, people oriented future. It is designed for a future not of unchecked growth, but of evolution. Calgary is people scaled, with streets no longer designed for the automobile. At each intersection there is a traffic circle. All districts are mixed use, imagine completely clean small scale factories alongside residential buildings and storefronts and beside vertical farms in glass towers. The neighbourhoods are filled with life. They are safe, clean and productive places. The city is constantly evolving, with smart growth reflecting the Economical, Environmental and Social bottom line with new projects that always go beyond the minimum design standards.
You will see parks and common areas in high use areas, green rooftops on every building, a Space Based Solar Power Receiving Station in the city that supplies all of the city’s electricity, an excellent and well used public transit system with streetcars and subways, high speed rail that connects Calgary to every other regional center in North America, an airport with hypersonic flights to the Mombasa Space Elevator, Freight Airships bringing in goods from around the world, and Cruise Airships docking at the Calgary Tower. And clean, small, and decentralized factories and farms throughout the city satisfy the demand for most of the citizen’s complete material needs and wants in an environmentally and socially sustainable and profitable way.
The automobile has virtually disappeared from the city’s streets, though trucks and buses move in semi-automatic and super-efficient “car trains” on the major thoroughfares in the Calgary Region. People relate themselves to the neighborhoods they live in before the city, and everything that one would need in life is in a five-block radius of one’s home. People are free to pursue what they will in life, and Calgary offers ample opportunity for them to succeed.
The frontiers may have changed, but Calgary will still be on the cutting edge of its paradigm.