(Source: The Toronto Star)

It’s been called a twizzler, the red wiggler, a candy cane and an argyle sock and it’s the hottest topic of conversation in Calgary these days.

What’s everyone talking, arguing and laughing about? Would you believe plans for a footbridge over the river that divides the city centre?

Designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, the 130-metre, red, coil-like structure will cost about $25 million and is expected to be finished in the fall of 2010. In the meantime, it has provoked a welcome flurry of public discussion about how this city sees itself and how it wants to be seen in the future.

One woman said it is the “ugliest” bridge she has ever laid eyes on: “We are not in the year 3000 and it doesn’t match our current landscape.”

Others say it is a complete waste of taxpayers’ money and that the funds should be used for more practical amenities like rapid transit trains or snowplows.

Read Gillian Steward’s full article “Calgary’s new bridge divides” in the Toronto Star (August 4, 2009).

For further information, also read:

Calgary — Drawings of pedestrian Peace Bridge released, by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava

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