Originally Posted by ReginaGuy
When oil prices drop low enough, Calgary and Edmonton will continue to grow, but fort mac will become a ghost town, there's no doubt about it. From what I've heard, a huge chunk of Fort Mac's population only plans on living there temporarily, and the economy is almost completely reliant on the oil sands.
Also, there's nothing better than having a 12 lane freeway cutting through your downtown.
Its not really cutting through their downtown, as theres already an existing highway there..
I wonder how much of Fort Macmurrays housing is permanent versus temporary (mobile homes, work camps, other types of temporary housing)
Not many people are in Fort Macmurray for anything but work on the oilsands, so yes, if/when the oilsands die in 10 to 100 years from now, it certainly will become somewhat of a ghost town. I dont think it will ever be completed vacated though. I believe this is why Fort Macmurray doesn't see much invested in it for civic things from the provincial government, and they have been rather reluctant to upgrade hwy 63.