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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.