A town represents man's presence, and Banff is no exception. The complexity is staggering, and the infrastructure has made a deep and lasting impact on the area. A deep utility project on Bear street gives one a glimpse at what goes into making a town work. The town sits surrounded by mountains so can't help but inspire majesty when outside. But it's hard to hide infrastructure--those places that are necessary to keep the town running: utilities, garbage, heating, and alleyways for deliveries. And, although man's ingenuity is displayed in the structure and layout of the town of Banff, which can inspire a certain amount of wonder in itself, this infrastructure stands in stark contrast to its surroundings. It's a stark reminder that this is man's best effort to create and maintain his presence in this place.
Alleys and Rooftops
When walking around the town of Banff it's hard to imagine that none of this was here before 1880. And the quest to provide everything for visitors has led Banff to grow unfettered. What will the town of Banff be 100 years from now?