CITY HIGH FORTUNE by: Laura Reid

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What does the centre of Calgary, some dozen or so blocks from where you stand have to do with the place you find yourself today? Does that fact that our city is centred on “odd” land say something about our civic character?  Does a collectively subconscious or unstated link to the qualities of an odd number mean anything?  What do numerologists have to say about this? Internet searches found that One is connected to ambition and Five is associated with Mercury, planet of business and finance.  City of High Fortune?  Or would there have been no change whatsoever and the attempt to apply meaning from this small historical detail is useless, overly analytical and has nothing to do with this block.  Maybe.  But what if wondering actually altered the perspective of a place?

A story of Calgary; a story of any city or any life. How can you reconcile the murky past with the murky present? Download each episode in the series and listen on the corner of Macleod Trail and 17th Avenue. This podcast is created by Laura Reid, Mark Limacher, and Matt Knapik - available at www.cityhighfortune.com. The first season of City High Fortune takes place on the 200 Block of 17th Avenue SE in Calgary, Alberta. For the best experience, bring your headphones and internet device to the block and locate the bronze markers set into the sidewalk. The tour begins at the marker S.1 E.1.

EPISODE ONE: WHAT IF?

A story of Calgary; a story of any city or any life. How can you reconcile the murky past with the murky present?

 

EPISODE TWO: NEW CORONATION PLACE

A 70-storey tower was once proposed for the north side of the 200 block of 17th Avenue. Episode two draws on excerpts from a pamphlet for the building, discovered at the Canadian Architectural Archives. Presented with permission from the original publisher, Calvantage Monument.

 

EPISODE THREE: THE FALSE PROMISE OF CHANGE

Change — an accident, a desire, an injunction. But what of its promise of something better. False, it rings on the ear. False, it plays out always.

Daniel Kirk