Originally Posted by polishavenger
How would this city fair if we didnt have such a massive revenue source from our core, which is predominantly driven by oil, and sees little to no investment back from all the money it contributes. What happens when outward expansion either stops, or gets so big we simply can afford the additional highways and lrt lines to service it? How close are we to the point when our first generation of infrastructure needs replacement, and the funds simply arent there?
While I'm far from an expert on this:
Calgary is not unique. Most cities in North America are built like this, and nearly all of them are not driven by oil. So that's a completely non-factor. Also, Calgary is very, VERY young compared to most cities. Plenty of places are long past the first generation of replacements, and they're surviving (so far). Most cities have maybe double the residential property taxes we have, and they manage. To be honest while it would suck for some, the majority of Calgarians could easily afford another $2000 in taxes every year. This is the city of mindless consumption after all.
I think the suburban sprawl will collapse due to excessively high fuel prices long before infrastructure concerns take it out. Infrastructure has already been replaced to suburbs in many cities, and they have not collapsed.
Like anything though - if our water lines stopped working, believe me, they'd get replaced. Taxes might go through the roof, but it would happen. Same with roads, same with electrical, same with everything. People wouldn't stand to let basic necessities disappear at any cost.