By Timothy Reynolds
Calgary, Alberta is a western Canadian city you might not have heard of if you didn’t watch the 1988 Winter Olympics, aren’t an NHL hockey fan, don’t compete on the professional rodeo circuit, or aren’t involved in the oil and gas industry, but those are just tips of this urban prairie ‘iceberg’.
Internationally famous as the gateway to the Canadian Rocky Mountains, Calgary is only ninety minutes from the wilds of Banff National Park. You don’t, however, have to leave the city to see wildlife. Calgary is home to Fish Creek Provincial Park, one of the largest urban parks in North America. Deer and coyote are common and occasionally moose, bear, or cougar wander through. It’s also a birder’s playground, ranging from Rufus Hummingbirds to American White Pelicans.
Although, Alberta beef is world famous, Calgarians love variety. All tastes get met in cool little neighborhoods like Kensington, Inglewood, and Chinatown. It’s a very family oriented city with the Calgary Zoo (hosting pandas until 2023), Telus Spark Science Centre, Heritage Park Historical Village, Inglewood Bird Sanctuary, Calgary Tower … continue reading in the Winter 2018 issue.
By Sumiko Saulson
Berkeley is a progressive college town, well known for its commitment to arts, culture, and the ecology. It’s the first US city to create accessible spaces and curbside cutouts for the mobility impaired back in the seventies.
Farmer’s markets, pro-cyclist events like Sunday Streets Berkeley, plentiful bicycle lanes, and automobile-free zones, community gardens, composting, recycling centers, urban farming, and parks dedicated to preserving native wildlife are part of how Berkeley works towards a greener planet.
University of California Berkeley is home to a beautifully manicured thirty-four acre botanical garden featuring foot bridges, relaxing streams, lush flora, and aromatic flowers from around the globe. It’s Student Organic Garden at the corner of Walnut and Virginia Streets, encourages urban farmers to grow healthy, earth-friendly fresh foods…continue reading in the Spring 2018 issue.
In the Summer Issue of SEARCH Magazine,
City Spotlight: Vallejo
By Sumiko Saulson
“The City of Vallejo is one of the Bay Area’s hidden treasures, an undiscovered summer arts destination located at the northeast corner of the San Pablo Bay. Vallejo was California’s original state capital. Although the title now belongs to Sacramento, Vallejo remains the largest city in Solano County and tenth largest in the Bay Area. Hit hard by the recession, the city made the papers when it was forced to declare bankruptcy in 2008. In the intervening years, it has made a comeback. Vallejo’s Downtown, Marina, and Heritage District have long been the heart of its art scene. The local art scene has expanded in the years since the recession. Increasingly, creative artists and musicians are moving to Vallejo to escape the inflated rents and real estate costs in the rest of the Bay Area. Downtown Vallejo currently features a monthly art walk with live music, an art theater, a dance club, three live music venues, a Saturday farmer’s market with entertainment, several small galleries, and a bookstore…” to read the full article, check out the free eCopy here.