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McBoo
07-11-2006, 03:11 PM
Top Ten (er eleven) (ranked in no particular order):

A monument that spans the river valley - an Edmonton ype St. Loius arch from north to south.

A P3 re-development of the muni airport. You could even have a race track as part of the package.

Another P3: City under glass. Well, part of the city under a dome, or to be even more thematic, unnder a pyramid...a sort of gfigantic Muttaryt conservatory, excedpty with shops, hotels, etc...

Somehow connect Fort Edmonton Park, and the Valley Zoo. Steam train across the river? Mock York boat? Make these two one. If you're not squamish...connect them both to WEM or to the casino development at Enoch.

Rossdale Power Plant. Think about something big when it's decomissioned. Museum of the Plains Cree? Museum of Canada and the North?

Entranceways. Ugh. Big Ugh. Gateway, Yellowhead - awful. Blight to the right, scrapyards to the left. Use incentives, zoning, whatevber else is needed to get a better buisness, commercial mix and whatever is being done with landscaping (quite a bit actually) double or treble it!

Gateway blvrd ... let's make it tgwo way ..widen or whatever you need to do and get something high speed in to the centre of the city.

Strathcona trolly. Work with the radial railway society, transit and whomever else is required to extend the tracks and make this a year round srevice connecting Jasper Ave to Whyte Ave.

City of boulevards: Do some real, real landscaping on selected major boulevards, ala great European cities. Foe instance - 108 Street (Capoital Blvd) .... 118th Avenue, or parts thereof, 97 street (it still can be great), Avenue of Nations, etc. This won't be cheap and would require a long term plan and commitment.


What's that park below the Convention Centre? Let's really make that something, connecting downtown to the valley. Invite proposals and allow (ghasp, yes) restaurants and shops.

104 street downtown. This coiuyld really be funky, what withe the lofts etc. Use zoning and incntives for small scale restauarants and bars catering to jazz, folk, etc. to open up. But keep me small and spaced apart to avoid the Whyte Aven ue trap.

Titanium48
07-11-2006, 05:11 PM
Gateway blvrd ... let's make it tgwo way ..widen or whatever you need to do and get something high speed in to the centre of the city.

It's busy enough as one way - making it two way would just create left turn headaches even it was widened to an 8 lane megaroad.


Strathcona trolly. Work with the radial railway society, transit and whomever else is required to extend the tracks and make this a year round srevice connecting Jasper Ave to Whyte Ave.

Yes, the high level bridge streetcar should be a year round regular service run by ETS.


City of boulevards: Do some real, real landscaping on selected major boulevards, ala great European cities. Foe instance - 108 Street (Capoital Blvd) .... 118th Avenue, or parts thereof, 97 street (it still can be great), Avenue of Nations, etc. This won't be cheap and would require a long term plan and commitment.

118Av - I like the idea but that would require widening of the rather narrow ROW. That, of course, would be a good excuse to tear down the dilapidated buildings on the south side of 118Av. Ultimately it could look a bit like Whyte Av.
108 St - Sure, if you get rid of the parking so there's still room for bike lanes. 108 St is one of the best N-S routes through downtown for cyclists.