A recent article, by the CBC, is titled: Calgary, A New Destination for Luxury Items. The article reads as follows:
Alberta's booming oil economy has resulted in a new crop of high-end retail stores in Calgary, making the city a new destination for luxury shopping.
Retail sales have been growing faster in Calgary than in the rest of the country for more than a decade. The sustained growth in jobs has created a new wealthy class in the city who are spending more on luxury goods.
The new stores have attracted consumers from afar.
" I have the largest scotch [whisky] selection in North America," said David Michiels of Willow Park Liquor. "You want the most unique [bottle], I can get that for you."
Some of Michiels stock, which is being ordered by customers from as far away as Vancouver and Toronto, sell for as much as $20,000 a bottle. "People are drinking less, but their drinking better," he said.
Richard White of the Calgary Downtown Association agrees: "There's definitely a trend towards quality as opposed to just quantity."
White says Calgary has surpassed many of the world's major cities in offering a broad range of luxury products.
Perhaps, the Calgary Downtown Association should amend its new ads against panhandlers to read 'quality not quantity'.
Of course, that depends what quantity one is referring to. After all, $20,000 for a bottle of liquor is no small sum.
If you ask me, Calgarians are drowning in their luxury, not their generosity.
We are steeped in consumption and greed, and it is killing our city's spirit.