Edmonton Notes for July 14, 2019

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Summer at Federal Building Plaza

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Edmonton Notes for July 7, 2019

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Happy Canada Day!
Happy Canada Day! photo by Kurt Bauschardt

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Edmonton Notes for June 16, 2019

Happy Father’s Day! Here are my weekly Edmonton notes:

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  • Fixing just one fifth of Edmonton’s missing sidewalks is expected to cost $10 million over the 2019-2022 budget cycle. "For literally billions we spend on roadways, we should be allocating some small percentage of that to make sure that people can actually walk," said Councillor Aaron Paquette.
  • The City says that ridership on transit to the airport has doubled from 12,000 per month to more than 25,000 per month thanks to service changes made a year ago.
  • Executive Committee recommended lifting the moratorium on non-market housing in five core neighbourhoods. Council will discuss and make it official on Tuesday. It’s private owners’ “badly run slums” that are the epicentre of crime and disorder in the city, Mayor Don Iveson said.
  • EEDC has launched The Future of YEG to solicit input for Edmonton’s next economic growth & resiliency strategy. They’re asking what Edmonton’s economy needs to growth and thrive, and what Edmonton’s ideal economy should look like a generation from now.
  • From CBC Edmonton: How Edmonton’s most uber Uber drive lost his perfect score. I hope I get this guy one day!
  • Twelve Edmontonians were named to the City of Edmonton Hall of Fame last week "for their dedication to making Edmonton a better place to live."
  • If approved, the proposed Edmonton Nordic Spa would be located near Fort Edmonton Park on what is currently an overflow parking lot. "It’s not exactly pristine river valley land," said Coun. Tim Cartmell, who is in favour of the spa and sits as the council representative on the Fort Edmonton board.
  • What a great tweet from the City of Edmonton: "400 goats arrived in Rundle Park today to weed the north!"
  • A reminder that the intersection at 100 Street and 102 Avenue is closed which means buses are being re-routed, either down 101 Street or down 97 Street.
  • The drainage work being done along 105 Street downtown is expected to be complete by the end of September. It was supposed to be done by April 2018.
  • In Episode 42 of Speaking Municipally we discuss the nordic spa, West Edmonton Mall footbridge, and sidewalks.
  • Get the latest on Media, Tech, Food, Health Innovation, Music, Business, and Council with Taproot Edmonton’s latest roundups.

Walterdale Bridge, Edmonton, Alberta
Walterdale Bridge, photo by Jim Hoffman

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Edmonton Notes for June 9, 2019

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  • Council approved three large mixed-use development projects at public hearing on Thursday. The old Edmonton Motors site in Oliver will have two 48 storey towers, the South Scona Parking Lot redevelopment will have three towers ranging from 15 to 20 storeys, and The Shift is a two-tower project on 106 Street at 36 and 40 storeys.
  • I can’t wait for the sea of parking lots around 107 Street downtown to be turned into a new 1.25-hectare park. "It’s not often you get to build a major park in a major city," says David Holdsworth, a senior planner with the city’s urban renewal department. Though I’m not sure about the petition proposing "The Nathan Fillion Civilian Pavilion" for the park.
  • The City has unveiled a shortlist of construction teams selected to participate in the RFP stage of the Valley Line West LRT project. One of them is SNC-Lavalin!
  • The location of the proposed Edmonton Nordic Spa has been revealed: Fort Edmonton Park. Council will discuss the request to lease land this week.
  • A parking stall at the Ultima Tower has sold for $45,000 according to real estate consultant Ryan Gillen.
  • Pride Week in Edmonton runs June 7-16 and to mark the occasion, ETS has unveiled a colourful Pride bus. “This bus symbolizes the inclusive and welcoming culture we’re building at the City of Edmonton,” said Gord Cebryk, Deputy City Manager, City Operations.
  • "We believed a fairy tale for decades, virtuously filling blue bags and setting them by the curb," says Elise Stolte. "We need a better solution, one that recognizes how much work recycling really is."
  • No surprise here given the weather lately: Edmonton Fire Rescue Services lifted the fire ban on Thursday.
  • Valley Line LRT construction will cause the intersection at 100 Street and 102 Avenue to be closed from June 10 until July 20. Buses will detour to 101 Street.
  • In Episode 41 of Speaking Municipally we discuss the supplemental capital budget adjustment, crosswalks, waste management, and enterprise software projects.
  • Get the latest on Media, Tech, Food, Health Innovation, Music, Business, and Council with Taproot Edmonton’s latest roundups.

After
After, photo by Jeff Wallace

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Encore Encore
Encore Encore, photo by Dave Sutherland

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Edmonton Notes for May 26, 2019

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Valley Line LRT Construction

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City Market in The Quarters

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Edmonton Notes for May 12, 2019

Happy Mother’s Day! Here are my weekly Edmonton notes:

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GWG Building
GWG Building

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Edmonton Notes for May 5, 2019

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Premier Jason Kenney and Cabinet Swearing-In Ceremony
Premier Jason Kenney and Cabinet Swearing-In Ceremony, photo by Government of Alberta

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Edmonton Notes for April 28, 2019

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Second Winter
Second Winter

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Edmonton valley ride
Edmonton Valley Ride, photo by pistachio

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Edmonton Notes for April 14, 2019

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Valley LRT line April 2019
Valley LRT line April 2019, photo by Jason Woodhead

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Edmonton Notes for April 7, 2019

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Humboldt Skyline, Edmonton
Humboldt Skyline, photo by Jeff Wallace

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Rogers Place
Rogers Place

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