Here are my weekly Edmonton notes:
- The Province has unveiled new rules for areas at risk of flooding. If homeowners choose to rebuild and stay in risky zones they can, but they won’t be eligible for Disaster Recovery Fund assistance in the future.
- Councillor Bryan Anderson made some pretty shocking statements last week about a proposed housing project in Terwillegar. He has since apologized in a carefully worded letter to the editor. If you can handle the ignorance, here’s the Facebook group for the folks opposed to the project.
- A poster parodying the “Don’t be that guy” campaign caused a bit of an uproar this week. A group called Men’s Rights Edmonton took responsibility – here is their official response.
The msg in these posters is morally indefensible; it’s condemnable and contemptible. @ActionFlickDoc: #rapemyths pic.twitter.com/yAzhi7oyjT #yeg
— Don Iveson (@doniveson) July 9, 2013
- Do you take Route 128? That’s the first bus route in the city to receive the new Smart Bus upgrades. Route 111 is up next. I’m not really sure yet where to go to find the GPS information – anyone know?
- Are you a northsider or a southsider? Maybe you’re a free-range Edmontonian, as Paula put it in her piece kicking off YEGQUEST. Love it when a hashtag takes off.
- There’s lots of great stuff to read in the various submissions for the 50 Things That Define Edmonton.
- I’m really happy to hear that Tres Carnales now has a patio! New streamlined rules on sidewalk cafes seem to be making a difference.
- Beginning Monday, Queen Elizabeth Park Road will be shutdown for four months to accommodate construction work for the new Walterdale Bridge.
- It’s early days still, but some residents are frustrated about the expropriation plans to make way for the Southeast LRT. The article focuses on one resident in particular. Here’s my favorite part: “Hrachy says he moved into the home about three months ago, knowing he would eventually have to move out, but says he’s frustrated by the entire process.” Emphasis is mine.
- I really like this project to redesign our city’s barricades!
- Can you believe this? Edmonton Police arrested a motorist travelling 254 km/h on the Henday on Friday.
- This is our city’s representative in a national magazine? No wonder others have a poor understanding of what Edmonton is actually like. I’m all for healthy and constructive criticism, but that’s not it.
- In case you missed it, I have started a series on the pedway. There are many more entries on the way, so stay tuned!
- Here are the latest urbanism headlines from Spacing Edmonton.
- In election news, Wards 5 and 6 in particular are heating up. Dave’s got the most up-to-date list of candidates here. Councillors Gibbons, Henderson, Anderson, and Sohi still do not have any challengers.
- Here’s a video montage from the 30 Most Interesting Edmontonians Project:
Here are some upcoming events:
- This is the final week of the Freewill Shakespeare Festival, so if you’ve been planning to go now is the time!
- On Tuesday the City is hosting an information session on the 109 Street Corridor Area Redevelopment Plan.
- Taste of Edmonton gets underway in Churchill Square on Thursday! They’ve got a new look this year plus many changes to the festival itself.
- Thursday night’s film at the Capitol Theatre is Hugo.
- The Garneau Theatre is going to be busy on Thursday with The Culture Collective and a Make Something Edmonton event!
- Head downtown on Friday morning for the K-Days Parade! It starts at 10am and loops from 99 Street down 102 Avenue to 105 Street and then back along 103 Avenue.
- K-Days itself kicks off immediately after the parade is over!
- The Slow Flash Mob is taking place at Louise McKinney Riverfront Park on Saturday from noon to 4pm!
- Come down to the City Market on 4th Street Promenade on Saturday for your final in-person opportunity to provide feedback on this stage of the Louise McKinney Urban Beach idea.
- For more upcoming events, check out ShareEdmonton.
Some of the Street Performers Festival action, photo by Connor Mah. The festival wrapped up today. Connor’s got many more photos here.