Here are my weekly Edmonton notes:
- Why Edmonton? Because if you have the courage to make something, Edmonton is your city.
- John and Barbara Poole certainly had that courage. I was sad to hear that Barbara passed away last week at the age of 83. She did great things for our city.
- Have some extra warm clothing you can donate? With icy temperatures this week, the shelters can use your support.
- While I am generally opposed to the use of a P3 to fund it, I’m happy to hear that expanding the LRT is Mayor Mandel’s top priority going into 2013.
- If our population and economic growth continue at their current pace, the Edmonton region could hit 1.5 million people within a decade. That has the promise of some real opportunities, but also major challenges.
- One such challenge? Debt. Municipal debt in Alberta has more than tripled since 2004. Edmonton is currently at 48% of its debt limit.
- Housing prices are expected to rise 2% next year, while sales are expected to grow 2.5%.
- I just can’t get enough of this headline: “Toronto’s best new retailer is gravitypope, and it hails not from New York but Edmonton”
- Who would you nominate as the Edmonton’s Person of the Year? GIGCITY wants to know: “There will be no boundaries, no “top 40 under 40” restrictions. Any local who made waves in 2012 is eligible.”
- Also from GIGCITY, here are Edmonton’s top 10 albums of 2012.
- Here’s some great news for those of you looking to travel to New York City! United will launch non-stop service between Edmonton and Newark in May. That brings the number of US non-stop flights from EIA to 13. Speaking of EIA, Friday and Saturday were the busiest days of the year.
- Do you have Deadmontitis, the plague of the second coldest place on earth? “Deadmontitis is a contagious endemic that targets Edmontonians and long-term visitors to the city.”
- From the Journal’s Gary Lamphier, here is a look at the winners and losers in local business in 2012.
- Some great news for the Downtown Edmonton Community League this week: the federal government has provided funding of $16,264 to support the creation of a community league centre for the downtown.
- David Staples took a closer look at that Numbeo ranking on quality of life that Edmonton fared so well in.
- Ah, you gotta love it when the mayor is all fired up: “Danielle Smith will probably yell and scream. Brian Mason will yell and scream. They really don’t care about the City of Edmonton, I guess, but I would hope they would be wise enough to see it’s about Edmonton.”
- If you haven’t already seen it, check out this CBC feature on Edmonton’s neon heritage.
- Looking to check out City of Edmonton facilities this week? Check the holiday hours first.
- Metro asked some familiar Edmonton faces for their favorite holiday traditions. Thanks for including me!
- Did you know that Edmonton is full of doppelgängers? Well in name, at least.
- Though there are not currently any plans for a parking ban, the temperature isn’t going to budge much over the next week and we’ll continue to see some snow. Stay safe out there!
Frosty Sunset by Ian McKenzie