Urban Planning

What is Zoning?

You may have heard of development tools such as zoning and overlays, but do you know how they help shape our city? Zoning is the main tool the City uses to help balance growth and create sustainable c...

Downtown Walks the Talk

Inspired by the Streets for People Walkability Symposium and free public lecture taking place later this month, we’re taking a closer look at what makes Downtown walkable. What makes a street enjoya...

eServices speed neighbourhood approvals

The adoption of ePlan, an all-electronic system for processing neighbourhood development plan approvals, has brought relief to engineering firms and City employees – but no joy to courier services a...

Streets for People: Walkability Symposium and Free Lecture for Passionate Citizens

Think about your favourite city. Why do you like it? Is it sunny or windy? Is it a concrete jungle or landscaped and green? Does traffic speed by, or does the pace feel welcoming? From wide-sidewalks ...

Downtown Edmonton’s Got Big Taste

Recipe for Great Downtown Dining Just ahead of Downtown Dining week, we thought we’d get in the culinary mood and write a recipe for Downtown dining. These are just a few ingredients, so we want to ...

Big thinking about small-scale project will warm Edmonton’s heart

Mary Ann Debrinski has a really big pipe dream for Edmonton’s downtown heart. it’s green, brilliant and realistic! As the City of Edmonton’s Director of Urban Renewal, she and her colleagues are...

Downtown Edmonton has Big Ideas

So what’s the big idea Edmonton? The City of Edmonton has been hard at work on many big ideas for Downtown. Dedicated City staff have been bringing to life the 96 Street Armature, two new public par...

Downtown’s Got Big Energy

You’re not imagining it. There ARE more people Downtown. Today, the only time you’ll hear about ‘Deadmonton’ is when it’s about the newly-revamped Halloween attraction in the old Paramount t...

Downtown’s Got Big (Architectural) Style

Downtown Edmonton is starting to look good, and Edmontonians are taking notice. This post dives into the architecture and design of some of the new buildings taking shape in Downtown. “I love the CN...

New bridge is personal to construction project manager

To thousands of people driving on the old Walterdale Bridge past its replacement’s construction site, what they manage to glimpse is merely a complex construction project in progress. And to very ...

Imagine Jasper Avenue – What’s your vision?

Jasper Avenue is Edmonton’s main street. It is more than a road; it’s also a place, a link between the West End and Downtown communities, and a destination that is used by a variety of people for ...

Evolving Infill: Meet the new Community Infill Panel!

A high degree of interest enticed nearly 70 people to submit applicantions to join the Community Infill Panel. Of the applicants, thirteen passionate and committed Edmontonians were selected to sit on...

An Insider’s View of Downtown – from humble hopefuls to big believers

Tammy Pidner is one of many Edmontonians working behind the scenes building Downtown. Last month she astounded guests when she shared what is happening, and why we should all be very excited, during h...

What makes Edmonton special?

Have you ever wondered about the people around you? Who they are? Where they come from? What language do they speak? Where do they live? The 2011 Edmonton Census Atlas uses data from Statistics Canada...

Rooting for trees in neighbourhood renewal

Neighbourhood renewal projects involve machines tearing up big chunks of old roadways and sidewalks, followed by heavy dump trucks, packers and pavers – the scale is BIG! But in parallel with th...

Small business ‘makeovers’ scoring wins for businesses, City

If Lara Pinchbeck, Nikhil Shah and Shangfei Huang had been real estate salespeople, it’s a sure bet that they’d have been millionaires by now. Instead, because of their great work, hundreds of sma...

Edmonton’s Infill Roadmap – where we travelled and what comes next

Road trips are exciting! No matter how well you plan your route, there will always be unexpected detours and can’t-miss viewpoints along the way. It’s no different with Edmonton’s Infill Roadmap...

Building a Great City

Have you ever passed by a residential construction site and wondered if your neighbourhood has as much construction as other neighbourhoods?  Have you wondered if “that” neighbourhood really is a...

Exciting, innovative change for Jasper Place!

Anne Stevenson, a principal planner with the City of Edmonton, has spent the last two-and-a-half years with her team developing the Jasper Place Area Redevelopment Plan (ARP) – a detailed 105-pa...

Buzz’tin myths about bees!

Are you scared of bees? Me too! Well… I thought I was until I started learning more about them through the urban beekeeping campaign at the City. In April 2015, the Animal Licensing and Control Byla...

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