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  • #31
    Starbucks adds public plazas to all its stores and sees profits

    Originally posted by pepsi_corp View Post
    ...The building itself screams Starbucks, but the area does not YET (although kudos to Starbucks if they did go for it). Would be great to see another Hardware Grill-like restaurant there....
    Originally posted by IanO
    ...a starbucks there would be closest to the convention centre....
    Recent article: (Who would've thunk...)

    Projects for Public Spaces
    ...the Seattle-based firm launched a bold move that will go down in the annals of business innovation. Long aware that the active ingredient in its success was sociability more than caffeine, Starbucks announced in September that it would install a public plaza outside most of its 15,000 stores worldwide.

    Industry insiders scoffed when company chairman Howard Schultz declared, “And when we say public squares, we mean public squares! You can bring in your own latte from Peet’s, Caribou or your local independent coffee shop. You also can gather signatures for petitions or wave protest signs.”

    Yet public response was immediate—and overwhelming. Espresso, tea and scone revenues climbed 619 percent within the first week at Starbucks locations outfitted with the new plazas. And, curiously, sales at independently owned coffee shops also tripled in neighborhoods with Starbucks plazas.
    In favour of Architecture that is of our time and place.

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    • #32
      Isn't China Town in this area? And if it is, is it going to be incorporated into it or moved/axed?

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      • #33
        Chinatown is north of the Quarters...

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        • #34


          There's the map for you

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          • #35
            oh ok, thanks, hopefull that area will also improve

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            • #36
              That said, the "quasi-Chinatown" on 102 Ave is in the area.
              “You have to dream big. If we want to be a little city, we dream small. If we want to be a big city, we dream big, and this is a big idea.” - Mayor Stephen Mandel, 02/22/2012

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              • #37
                Originally posted by Sonic Death Monkey View Post
                That said, the "quasi-Chinatown" on 102 Ave is in the area.
                reinforced on the map which identifies that stretch of 102 ave as "harbin road".
                "If you did not want much, there was plenty." Harper Lee

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                • #38
                  102ave chinatown was the original "chinatown" but then speculation that it would become, like the quarters plan now ironcically, valuable land...put an end to the chinese community being able to run mom and pop restaurants et al.


                  Ottawa-Edmonton-Vancouver-Edmonton

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                  • #39
                    Originally posted by IanO View Post
                    102ave chinatown was the original "chinatown" but then speculation that it would become, like the quarters plan now ironcically, valuable land...put an end to the chinese community being able to run mom and pop restaurants et al.
                    97th street between 105 ave and 107 ave was - and remains - edmonton's original chinatown. it's move/growth south was encouraged through the location of the elder's mansion buildings along 102 ave/harbin road amongst other initiatives - including the gate - as an attempt to both expand the community and to assist jasper east in the direction the quarters will hopefully now take it. it wasn't just hard times in the 80's and 90's that put a stop to it - it was greatly hampered by the development of canada place and the brownlee building and the remand centre which eliminated the kind of pedestrian links that should have been nurtured instead and that would have fostered a great deal more than "mom and pop restaurants". one day it will offer the equal of the sun yat tsen gardens or the international village or aberdeen mall with a whole host of offerings of everything from electronics to fashion to furniture from major department stores as well as independents and it will stretch from 107 ave all the way down to louise mckinney park.
                    "If you did not want much, there was plenty." Harper Lee

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                    • #40
                      Mention in today's Journal (Sunday April 6) of the zoning amendments.
                      LA today, Athens tomorrow. I miss E-town.

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                      • #41
                        Highrise approved for downtown Edmonton

                        Highrise approved for downtown Edmonton


                        Susan Ruttan, edmontonjournal.com

                        http://www.canada.com/edmontonjourna...d13781&k=62109

                        Published: 10:25 am Tuesday April 15 2008


                        EDMONTON - The first highrise building in the downtown area called the Quarters has been approved by city council.


                        Council unanimously approved waiving the six-storey height restriction to allow a 16-storey condo tower to be built on a parking lot at Jasper Avenue and 96th Street.


                        "It's the first big project to go up in the Quarters," Coun. Ben Henderson, who represents the area, said in an interview today.


                        Map illustrating the location of proposed condo building in The Quarters.

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                        • #42
                          I am really excited about this project.... To me, it looks like it will be a high quality development. Not only that, but it is right along Jasper Ave with great views west, east, and south. I can't wait to hear to see what else is proposed for the Quarters.

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                          • #43
                            Originally posted by etownboarder View Post
                            I am really excited about this project.... To me, it looks like it will be a high quality development. Not only that, but it is right along Jasper Ave with great views west, east, and south. I can't wait to hear to see what else is proposed for the Quarters.
                            It will definitely be high quality. Vinterra Properties builds very good projects; even its frame construction projects (such as The Landing on 98th Avenue) are solid and attractive. I too am looking forward to seeing this new high-rise go up.
                            Almost always open to debate...

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                            • #44
                              That's exactly what I want to hear... now if now another 10-12 projects go ahead in the Quarters this year.

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                              • #45
                                Great news, anyone want to guess (better still know) when construction will start?
                                Edmonton, Capital of Alberta

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