It was a long three-and-a-half year wait between conception and unveiling, but Calgarians finally got to get up close and personal with the controversial Peace Bridge on Saturday.
Designed by Santiago Calatrava and built at a cost of some $25 million, it was more than a year behind schedule.
I was not able to attend the opening but stopped by later that evening to see what the hubbub was about. Apart from myself, there were still people coming down just for a look.
A few guys I spoke with mentioned that, like myself, they were not pleased with how Calgary got the bridge. (Single-source contract done without the full knowledge of city council, to be brief about it.) Still, that did not stop them from admiring what a piece of work the thing is.