Originally Posted by suburb
Clearly your choice of work locations - which are choices - form your entire methodology of choosing where you live. Most professionals can manage these things - particularly after the first ten years of your working life.
You will find that most people who live in or close to suburban nodes have not moved from there for many years - and they do that by ensuring when they change jobs the work is accessible for them.
I'm not entirely sure what you're trying to say in your post, but in my experience the majority of people (suburbanites especially) do not move, in that you are correct. However they do not "ensure work is accessible" for the most part - they take the best/highest paying job available, and then bitch about their now longer commute.
Having 3 job offers of similar benefits at the same time is an extremely rare occurrence for most people. Granted, that may be due to poor planning (having to take the first job that comes along due to low savings), but it's the reality in my experience. Not a lot of people turn down a job just because it's "too far away". Instead, they just drive further.
There's a huge contingent in Calgary that can safely assume downtown work forever, but there's an even larger group who could end up anywhere. The NE is a common employment node for these folks but their jobs really end up scattered anywhere around the city. It's impossible to have any sort of work-home geographic balance for these people unless they move every few years, or are exceedingly lucky when it comes to job prospects.
Of course, all of this is a fairly silly discussion because it ignores one essential point - Calgary is a city full of 2 income families (because it's so damned expensive to live here). Everything said above is multiplied tenfold when you try to balance work location with home. It's a rare couple that both work in similar parts of the city, or both consistently get so many job offers that they can line up employment conveniently.