Ummagumma: Thanks for the pictures. I echo Ed's request for a few pictures of the Encana Tower as it goes up. This looks like an exciting project.
With regards to Calgary being liveable, based on my admittedly brief visits, the place looks quite "liveable" to me. But it does strike me as somewhat more "bland" than Toronto. Two reasons occur to me. Calgary is relatively new and lacks many truly historic buildings, which add a lot of interest to a city IMO. (Admittedly someone from Montreal might say the same about Toronto.) The other reason is the relative flatness of the place, as it is on the prairie, but there's nothing to be done about that.
Cowboys is also being demolished (thank gawd), but after the stampede, the owner made some deal with the city and developer. but once the Penny Lane Towers are complete, then Cowboys will return to the same location.
I'm not sure why people say this because Calgary is anything but flat. Downtown sits at the bottom of a river valley and the eastern part of the city is on a plateau, but the north, south and west sides of town are a succession of hills.
I grew up about 800ft above downtown and I didn't live in a skyscraper...
Well my quick comment was too sweeping, no doubt. The river valley is certainly nice (river valleys actually: the Bow and Elbow both run through Calgary and join close to the downtown). I also remember Nose Hill, a prominent feature. But it seems like a relatively flat city, even by comparison to Toronto which is usually thought of as fairly flat, never mind Montreal, Vancouver, or even Edmonton.
The first time I saw Calgary I was driving eastbound on the Trans Canada. I passed through Canmore, a mountain town. The transition from mountain to prairie is quite sudden (few "foothills" at this particular location), and then Calgary could be seen on the horizon even though it was 70 km away. To an easterner's eyes it seemed that the prairie stretched on, pretty flat and for a long long way.