Originally Posted by esquire
Tiny compared to Calgary's?! I disagree completely. DTLA definitely has big city heft in a way that only Toronto, Montreal and maybe Vancouver can exceed among Canadian cities.
Downtown LA has many large and elaborate heritage buildings from the early 20th century. A lot more than any Canadian city. But it has fewer postwar residential buildings than most Canadian cities.
For fun, here are views of downtown LA and Calgary at roughly the same scale (the tallest LA building is about 20% taller than the tallest one in Calgary).
When I've visited Calgary I've found that the largest office towers are pretty much exactly like the big office towers in large cities, but that things fall off quickly a few blocks away. It is like a large traditional North American CBD grafted onto a small, new city. Both Calgary and LA have a lot of holes and surface lots.