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Former good article Calgary was one of the Geography and places good articles, but it has been removed from the list. There are suggestions below for improving the article to meet the good article criteria. Once these issues have been addressed, the article can be renominated. Editors may also seek a reassessment of the decision if they believe there was a mistake.
Article milestones
Date Process Result
March 7, 2007 Peer review Reviewed
November 14, 2007 Good article nominee Listed
April 18, 2009 Good article reassessment Delisted
Current status: Delisted good article
edit·history·watch·refresh Stock post message.svg To-do list for Calgary:
  1. There needs to be significantly more information for economy and industry. This section is sorely lacking, and once it's expanded, there should be a sub-article created. --Arch26 08:56, 12 April 2006 (UTC)
  2. Some of the new sub-articles such as Sports in Calgary, Festivals in Calgary, and Military in Calgary need work. --Arch26 08:56, 12 April 2006 (UTC)
  3. References need to be added to the new "References" section. --Arch26 08:56, 12 April 2006 (UTC)
  4. The "Politics" section is missing information on local politics. --Arch26 08:59, 12 April 2006 (UTC)
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Largest city and economic leader[edit]

Largest city[edit]

Over the last 30 months, numerous editors (one registered and five IPs) have felt it necessary the lead must twice mention Calgary is Alberta's largest city. [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10]

The most recent edit summary provides an insufficient reason why this fact should be redundantly mentioned twice in the article's opening paragraph.

Three unique users (myself, 117Avenue and Brian Crawford) have reverted the attempts to redundantly mention this within the lead over the past 30 months.

All three population rankings are conveniently mentioned together in the third sentence – largest city in Alberta, third-largest municipality in Canada and fifth-largest metro.

The consensus here has been that there is no need to redundantly mention the fact twice in the same paragraph. Hwy43 (talk) 09:52, 27 February 2014 (UTC)

Mpr001, thank you for recognizing the redundancy. Hwy43 (talk) 05:42, 28 February 2014 (UTC)

Economic leader[edit]

There have been repeated attempts to add "The city is recognized as an economic leader within Canada" with Calgary Economic Development (CED) as the supporting reference.

The CED is funded by the City of Calgary, the private business sector and others with the mandate to work "with businesses, government and community partners to position Calgary as the location of choice for the purpose of attracting business investment, fostering trade and growing Calgary's workforce."

As mentioned in edit summaries, the CED is obviously a biased source for this assertion and is therefore not a reliable source.

It has since been asserted that the claim is based on Statistics Canada, which is incorrect and WP:SYNTH.

Rather, CED has taken select economic indicators from StatCan to support their opinion of Calgary being an economic powerhouse.[11]

A second source was added in an attempt to supplement the CED source, but it is also SYNTH as all its says is Calgary is forecasted (speculated) to lead all Canadian cities in economic growth this year (2014).[12]

Without question, Calgary is an economic leader within Canada, but the above two sources do not properly support the claim and letting the claim and two sources stand smells of WP:PROMOTION.

I have no problem with the claim being re-added if it is based on an unbiased reliable source that explicitly confirms the assertion. Hwy43 (talk) 09:52, 27 February 2014 (UTC)

Not trying to be promotional, just trying to reflect reality. I have changed the wording to reflect the Conference Board of Canada. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Mpr001 (talkcontribs) 20:52, 27 February 2014 (UTC)
Mpr001, thank you for recognizing the concern and revising the wording. The new content was a tad too granular for the lead section though, so I boldly moved it to the Economy section (last sentence of the first paragraph). In its place within the lead however, I have added a new sentence about Calgary having the second-most corporate head offices in Canada. Cheers, Hwy43 (talk) 05:46, 28 February 2014 (UTC)
No problem with it being moved under Economy section. Is it the understanding that no info cited from an Economic Development Corporation for a specific city, is allowed? Mpr001 (talk) 16:43, 28 February 2014 (UTC)
Mpr001, that is not necessarily true. The bone of contention here was the content added was derived from CED's opinion of Calgary. You added other content from the CED website – Calgary's various economic activity sectors – that is factual rather than opinion and this content has not been deleted. Hwy43 (talk) 05:38, 1 March 2014 (UTC)
Hwy43, but what determines what is opinion? In the Economy section for Edmonton it says "Edmonton is the major economic centre for northern and central Alberta". There is no citation for this and even if there were, how is this any less opinion then asserting that Calgary is an economic leader when there are citations that support this, not merely a derived opinion from the CED but supported by the Conference Board of Canada?

Is the best city ever?[edit]

Is the best city ever, ? what is that. User:Mdupont 24.124.15.166 (talk) 20:09, 11 August 2014 (UTC)

Garden variety vandalism and/or a test edit. I have reverted it back to the original. Thanks for catching that! Resolute 20:29, 11 August 2014 (UTC)

"World city rankings" section[edit]

A discussion has been initiated to determine if city rankings published by magazines, newspapers, etc. are appropriate/encyclopedic. The outcome may affect the current World city rankings section of this article, and numerous other city articles across Canada. Please join the discussion. Hwy43 (talk) 02:30, 29 March 2015 (UTC)

Economics section[edit]

Its misleading to have "The Conference Board of Canada forecasts Calgary to lead the country in GDP growth through to 2016" since the report is from 2012, way before the drop in oil prices. It would be hard to find an economist who agrees with that today. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 184.189.236.26 (talkcontribs)

I tried accessing two more recent publications from the Conference Board of Canada – Calgary: Metropolitan Outlook 1, Winter 2016 and Metropolitan Outlook 1: Economic Insights into 13 Canadian Metropolitan Economies: Autumn 2015. The Conference Board wants $910 and $2,970 for them respectively. Perhaps they can be viewed at a public library somewhere for no charge. Hwy43 (talk) 04:52, 2 April 2016 (UTC)
Despite the paywall, the document highlights from Metropolitan Outlook 1: Economic Insights into 13 Canadian Metropolitan Economies, Winter 2016 states "Calgary’s real GDP will decline by 1.2 per cent in 2016 as low oil prices continue to hamper the region’s economy" while also stating "Strength in manufacturing, construction, and the services sector will help GDP grow by 3.3 per cent in Vancouver in 2016." This confirms the suspicion that the content is no longer accurate. Consider it removed. Hwy43 (talk) 05:23, 2 April 2016 (UTC)
Thank you Hwy43! — Preceding unsigned comment added by 184.189.236.26 (talk) 08:09, 12 April 2016 (UTC)

External links modified[edit]

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Changes to "Sports and Recreation" and "Notable People"[edit]

Hello all,

I made a small addition to the information about the parks and pathways in the city. I moved this section the part about the sports in this category, since it appeared in the center which read oddly. I also added a sentence for notable people as there was no content present for that section before. Of course if you have more information about these or find what I added to be inaccurate please feel free to correct/change it! Mrshah3 (talk) 05:02, 14 November 2016 (UTC)

Hi Mrshah3. Thank you for your contributions. I copyedited your edits to the sports and rec section. Also, I deleted the notable people additions as there are way too many notable people from Calgary to mention in the main article. As the editing community would never be able to arrive at a consensus as to which are the most notable people to mention in Calgary's article, we continue to leave it blank except for a link to the main article, List of people from Calgary. Cheers, Hwy43 (talk) 05:47, 14 November 2016 (UTC)

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City montage at top of page[edit]

The previous montage was extremely out of date. I have created a new one using my own images that is much better and represents the current city much more. This change should not be undone, due to the extremely outdated images used in the alternative. In that one, the skyline image is missing 3 of the 4 tallest buildings (all 3 built over the past 7 years), among many other structures. Chadillaccc (talk) 23:10, 14 March 2017 (UTC)

I prefer the images in the older montage over the ones in the new one. If there is such a discrepancy between the skyline images, perhaps the new skyline image could be inserted in place of the old skyline image. Air.light (talk) 00:46, 15 March 2017 (UTC)
@Air.light: I actually prefer the new montage image compared to the new one. Like the user mentioned, it reflects the city much better. The city has changed a LOT in 13 years, when the current montage skyline image was last updated. The other images are kind of old as well. I say bring the new montage image back. - Kamran Mackey (talk to me · my contributions) 01:45, 15 March 2017 (UTC)
The link to the previous discussions in the archives are here for reference. The current montage (the one before this edit warring started) was uploaded in 2013. To elaborate on my previous comment, my problem with the proposed montage is with the composition of all of the images, how they seem to be quite zoomed in and lack perspective. Air.light (talk) 02:17, 15 March 2017 (UTC)
@Air.light: Fair enough, the old montage image has been restored for now until we reach a general consensus. @Chadillaccc: Is there any way you could retake the photos but make the photos less zoomed in, and make the skyline image keep the Scotiabank Saddledome? The Saddledome is still really iconic, and should stay in the skyline image. :) - Kamran Mackey (talk to me · my contributions) 02:44, 15 March 2017 (UTC)
It appears the edit warring has stopped and common sense and collaboration is prevailing. Just to get this out of the way, an opinion that the montage is "out of date" and that a montage only using "my own images" are not valid grounds for unilaterally replacing the montage, and worse reverting the undo when being apprised of the past controversy and consensus surrounding the history of Calgary's montages. While the skyline is indeed out of date, and could and should be replaced within the existing montage, that does not make the other images out of date especially when nothing has changed in some or most of those photos since originally snapped. Replacing photos from the 2000s of certain things with more recently snapped photos of other things that exist is not replacing outdated photos. It is substituting photos with photos of different things. Also, no montage should be owned by only one photographer featuring only his/her images unless there is strong consensus to do so. Those without consensus can be published elsewhere outside Wikipedia.
If everyone can review the past discussions, one of the key montage requirements determined through consensus was providing a range of photos representative of the city as a whole, not a galllery of all things Downtown Calgary. The recently proposed montage effectively featured only photos of downtown environs excluding one of the stampede. Further, two different photos featured the same bridge that provides access to downtown. Calgary is more than a downtown core. It has cultural, historical and sporting landmarks beyond the downtown core that help define what Calgary is. Thus, the proposed montage actually does not fully reflect Calgary. That said, there is nothing stopping someone from creating a downtown-centric montage for the Downtown Calgary article, though surely there are options for the montage that come from more than one photographer. Hwy43 (talk) 04:57, 15 March 2017 (UTC)