I hope you found an enjoyable way to beat the heat this weekend! Here are my weekly Edmonton notes:
- A footbridge over 170 Street to West Edmonton Mall has been demolished because it was deemed too costly to repair. “The City of Edmonton granted a demolition permit on the condition the mall rebuild the bridge.” But now, with the footbridge gone, the mall is appealing the requirement to rebuild it. In the meantime, the lack of a footbridge to cross the busy road is at best an inconvenience.
- The first of 26 Bombardier-made Light Rail Vehicles destined for the Valley Line LRT arrived in Edmonton this week. It’s on display at the Bonnie Doon mall parking lot until Wednesday. Elise Stolte spoke with Bombardier president Benoit Brossoit about the new vehicles.
- Traffic on Stony Plain Road between 149 Street and 156 Street could be made one-way to support the Valley Line West LRT.
- When it comes to single-family housing, both Calgary and Edmonton are buyers’ markets right now. “But new home construction and inventory puts the two centres on different tracks.”
- A small business wants to expand but nearby residents have concerns. Can you guess what they’re concerned about? If course you can. It’s always parking.
- How did Edmonton come to be known as a prairie city? Find out in the latest Taproot Edmonton story.
- AIMCo says it will completely redevelop HSBC Bank Place, upgrading it from a class-A office building to class-AA. Work is underway and set for completion late next year.
- Alphonso Davies, who got his start here in Edmonton through Free Footie, has been transferred to Bayern Munich. “It’s just the latest triumph for the 17-year-old phenom, whose improbable rise to soccer fame began in Edmonton and now takes him to one of the most celebrated clubs in history.”
- With a $3.5 million investment from the provincial government, Edmonton will host the ITU World Triathlon Grand Final for the third time in 2020, “making the city the second in the world to do so.”
- Nyala Lounge and Hudsons on Whyte were both fined for overcrowding. Edmonton Fire Rescue Services (EFRS) has begun posting overcrowding convictions on the City’s website.
- EPS has added 28 new members with Recruit Training Class 141’s graduation. “RTC 141 marks a milestone as this is the first time a Lacombe Police Service member has received recruit training in partnership with EPS.”
- The City of Edmonton is looking for applicants for the inaugural Guiding Coalition for Public Engagement. You can apply online. Feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions – I am helping with the recruitment.
Edmonton K-Days Exhibition 2018, photo by IQRemix
- Share your thoughts on the Downtown Public Places Concept Plan at the Edmonton Tower on Tuesday.
- The North American Interfaith Network Conference runs Tuesday to Friday at the Edmonton Interfaith Centre for Education and Action.
- Mode Models is hosting Mode Made 2018 on Tuesday evening at the Garneau Theatre.
- ArtTourYEG will take you from Churchill to McKinney on Wednesday at lunchtime. “Join the City of Edmonton’s Urban Renewal Section for guided tours this summer, featuring highlights from the existing self-guided tours on ArtTourYeg.ca.”
- YEG Food Crawl is eating it way through Chinatown on Thursday evening.
- The Edmonton Eskimos host the Saskatchewan Roughriders on Thursday night at Commonwealth Stadium.
- There’s an Edmonton Twitch Summer Meetup taking place on Saturday at Central Social Hall. “Join your favorite #yeg streamers and content creators at the networking event of the summer!”
- The Edmonton Heritage Festival starts on Saturday and runs through Monday. Happy long weekend!
- Coming up on August 6: the Hlinka Gretzky Cup.
- Plan your calendar with Taproot Edmonton’s 2018 guide to summer festivals and events! It includes 75+ happenings you can look forward to this summer in and around the city.
Marigold Escapee, photo by Kurt Bauschardt
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