Category Archives: Urban Planning

Fixing Edmonton’s affordable housing problem The slow progress to creating better housing strategies

Through boom and bust, calls for action on affordable housing have prevailed for at least a generation. Despite countless announcements and interventions from various levels of governments over the past decade, the situation continues to get worse rather than better.

At the end of September, Mayor Don Iveson joined other big city mayors in Toronto to ask the federal government for a major infusion of money for affordable housing. Iveson has joined his counterparts across Canada in referring to the affordable housing situation as a “crisis”.

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New task force targets problem properties Residents more enforcement and resolution is needed

Getting resolution to a problem property with issues ongoing for four years is itself a problem.

“There are people dealing drugs out of the house. I’m still calling things in,” said a McCauley resident about a neighbouring rental property. “You call 311 and are told it’s not their department. You spend half the day, who the blazes do you call?”

The Sept. 14 round table discussion focused on problem properties. The meeting was sponsored by Alberta Avenue Revitalization, McCauley Revitalization, Queen Mary Park/Central McDougall Revitalization and Jasper Place Revitalization.

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Creating a village in our communities A strong social network makes a difference in living a long, happy life

It’s no secret our society has moved away from face-to-face contact. With the arrival of social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter, we’ve become accustomed to interacting with people digitally rather than in person.

I’m no different. I work from home and often keep in touch with people through Facebook, texting, and emailing. For the most part, I’m okay with my alone time. But I crave in-person contact and feel more satisfied when I actually see my friends and family.

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Infill growing pains Increasing density in mature neighbourhoods

Growing pains. Children have them. Families too. And so does our city. According to the city census, Edmonton’s population grew by 7.4 per cent between 2012 and 2014. More people means more housing is needed. By 2018, city council wants 25 per cent of new housing to be infill in mature neighbourhoods.

Infill is less expensive as infrastructure and services are already in place. It reduces commutes, saving on transportation infrastructure and pollution. It also saves farmland from being eaten up.

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Still no pool in Borden Park this season Pool was redesigned due to budget needs

Good news for swimmers: Borden Park pool is targeted to open in late summer of 2017.

Calgary-based New Perspective Pools will build the Natural Swimming Experience pool. Built in 1920, the original pool was in dire need of a new filtration system. Rather than invest in an aged facility, a series of open houses pinpointed the need for something new. Three years ago, the idea for the first natural swimming pool in Canada was approved with input from local residents. In 2014, the old pool was closed.

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City launches Norwood Boulevard study Goal is to create a sustainable and vibrant streetscape

A public meeting held by city staff on June 22 discussed the future of Norwood Boulevard from 109 to 82 Street.

Urban planners have never holistically studied this area identified as needing revitalization because it is crossed by several ward, neighbourhood, and plan boundaries.

“Nobody’s ever looked at Norwood Boulevard, both sides of the street, in one shot,” said Robert Lipka, principal planner and project leader.

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Recipes for a nurturing neighbourhood Fighting urban isolation to create a community

OK, I am a little old-fashioned. When someone says community, I think of people coming together to communicate—you know, talking in that quaint face-to-face way. And when someone uses the word neighbourhood, I think of friendly people chatting or offering to mow the lawn or just being neighbourly. This obviously dates me to the pre-digital age.

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Turning our city’s colour from grey to green Biophilic cities embrace the importance of nature

Although few of us have been to Bogotá, Colombia, it’s got a reputation. A bad one. Gun slinging. Drug dealing. A hub for cocaine trafficking from the mountain plantations of South America to the back alleys of North America. Not the place you put on the top of your vacation list.

Until recently. Over the last decade there has been something of a peaceful, quiet, people-friendly revolution in Bogotá, transforming it into one of the most attractive and safe cities in South America and positioning it on the list of vacation hot spots.

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City holds open house for 122 Avenue plans Residents view city's recommended concept plan at Delton Community Hall

The city’s plans for 122 Avenue construction from 107 Street to Fort Road are drawing closer to completion.

At the April 27 open house at Delton Community Hall, the city’s recommended concept plan was displayed for community members. The reconstruction will “include the complete removal and reconstruction of the roadway, curbs, gutters, sidewalks, bus stops, and streetlights.” Five neighbourhoods between 107 Street and Fort Road access 122 Avenue, which is a collector road.

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City gets feedback for Stadium redevelopment Stadium Station Area Redevelopment Plan aims to improve neighbourhood

In an April meeting, residents from Parkdale-Cromdale, McCauley, Boyle Street and Alberta Avenue gave the city feedback about the Stadium Station Area Redevelopment Plan (ARP).

The plan addresses long-term development in the Stadium neighbourhoods. This includes more housing and business development and using the LRT station for transit-oriented development (TOD) to create a pedestrian and cycle-friendly neighbourhood.

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