On August 19th, the City presented and released the first Annual Growth Monitoring Report (2014). The Report provides analysis of trends and data about how Edmonton has been growing over recent years and decades. The Report is the work of many partners and it will help to serve many different needs. For folks who want an easy snapshot of how we’re growing infographics and fact sheets are available. For those who want to dig in a little deeper, there are technical reports and Open Data sets to explore.
So what did we learn through the 2014 Report and what are the highlights?
Edmonton’s growth is propelled by a strong Alberta economy. Throughout our history there have been rapid periods of growth which increased our population, changed our boundaries and influenced the shape of our communities. This period is no exception.
We are young, dynamic and diverse. Edmonton is attracting young families, newcomers from the rest of Alberta, Canada and beyond. Our City is growing!
Growth is complex, knowing where growth is happening is important to the decisions we make.
The Report shows us that Growth has not been uniform all over Edmonton over the past four decades or even over the past year. The core neighbourhoods have experienced a population gain, mature areas lost population, while established and developing neighbourhoods have gained in population since 1971.
Why is that? This can be explained by the neighbourhood lifecycle. The life cycle we usually hear most about is the human life cycle, which has four stages: birth, growth, maturity and death. A neighbourhood too goes through a similar life cycle. When the neighbourhood is young, it attracts young families with children, the streets are vibrant, the schools are full, neighbourhood commerce is striving, and then the neighbourhood stabilizes for a while. After a period of time the children in those families grow up and leave home and the population ages and shrinks overall. Then neighborhoods reach a critical point, they either continue to experience decline, stabilize or begin to enjoy revitalization and re-population. As Edmonton grows and our mature neighbourhoods age, we have some key opportunities to help keep them vibrant. One such way is finding opportunities for infill development which provides homes for new families and arrivals (link to infill blog post).
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These are just some of the tidbits of information available through the 2014 Annual Growth Report. As more data and analysis becomes available over the coming year it will be published and shared broadly. Interested in learning more? Come take a look!
Find more facts about the way Edmonton is growing: http://www.edmonton.ca/city_government/urban_planning_and_design/growth-coordination-strategy.aspx
Check out the Growth Monitoring Report: