‘You wouldn’t see any black people around’: Calgary business owner reflects on changing city | Globalnews.ca
Lloyd Reid has called the city of Calgary home since 1976 when he migrated from Jamaica. After eight years, he decided to launch a Jamaican patty shop. He says it was a challenge in a city more familiar with hamburgers than Caribbean cuisine.
“You wouldn’t see any black people around the place, right? If you wanted to see some black people you’d have to go down to the Bay – 1st Street and Centre -because most of us used to shop there and that’s where you’d run into a black person and say ‘hi’ and wave,” Reid said.
The population has more than doubled since the 1970s; and, according to Calgary Economic Development, 33,000 people who identified as “black” called Calgary home in 2011.