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    Edmonton's 'City of Champions' signs could be replaced
    http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmont...aced-1.2984006

    People arriving in Edmonton could be greeted by new welcome signs within the next year or two, according to Coun. Michael Oshry.

    He said the seven “City of Champions” signs stationed around the city are tired and outdated, and should be replaced as quickly as possible.

    “You just need something that's modern and interesting and sort of shows the city on the trajectory we're on now, which is a sort of an exciting, growing place to live,” he said.

    Councillors are considering allowing citizens to design the signs with an open competition.

    The city held a similar design competition for the Borden Park Pavilion, where they received 139 submissions.

    Depending on whether the city approaches architects or allows anyone to submit a design, the cost of finding a design could be anywhere between $5,000 and $90,000 dollars.

    The cost of the signs themselves is yet to be determined, but Oshry said the city should set a budget before it proceeds any further.

    City staff said the new signs should be funded through community fund raising, similar to the “Light the Bridge” campaign which raised $2.5 million to purchase and install 50,000 LED lights on the High Level Bridge.

    Another option is to allow advertising on the signs.

    But before the city starts soliciting designs for roadside billboards or works of art, Oshry said it needs to determine its brand.

    "They don't have to be extravagant, they don't have to be expensive and they don't have to be over the top artsy. I don't look at this as art, I look at this as signage and branding,” he said.

    The signs are structurally sound, and do not need to be replaced, according to city staff.

    Councillors will debate options for the new signs on Monday.
    “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

  • #2
    How about... 'City of Champions'


    Ottawa-Edmonton-Vancouver-Edmonton

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    • #3
      Hopefully they throw the design process out to the public. Don't involve architects or we will get something so high flouting we will need a pamphlet to decipher. Arches, pyramids, overblown crap. KISS
      Gone............................and very quickly forgotten may I add.

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      • #4
        feels similar to a waste money exercise we recently went through

        http://www.connect2edmonton.ca/forum...ead.php?t=3068
        A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves and traitors are not victims, but accomplices.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by IanO View Post
          How about... 'City of Champions'
          No way, that is the one that has been hexing us. How about traditional green and white EDMONTON CITY LIMITS. nothing more and have the big sign before the urban area begins. Example; south of Leduc on QE2 when you come around the corner north of Kavanagh/Glen Park Road have WELCOME TO GREATER EDMONTON population 1,350,000. Then do not have signs on every side of every municipality within the region because there are so many now. Anything else seems tacky to me.
          Last edited by Drumbones; 06-03-2015, 02:53 PM.
          Just enjoying another day in paradise.

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          • #6
            Another option is to allow advertising on the signs.
            Classy.
            "The only really positive thing one could say about Vancouver is, it’s not the rest of Canada." Oink (britishexpats.com)

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            • #7
              If they need help demolishing the Champions signs, I'm all in.

              Like your idea though Drum - bring the whole CMA together.

              There might well be branding that I'd suggest or support, but that whole exercise usually ends up being so divisive, hrrrm, second thoughts ...
              ... gobsmacked

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              • #8
                Originally posted by expat View Post
                Another option is to allow advertising on the signs.
                Classy.
                agreed.

                classy.

                just like the coca cola signs on the shaw convention centre...
                "If you did not want much, there was plenty." Harper Lee

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                • #9
                  yay!

                  new signs!

                  lets start by taking what's there and updating the planting. unless, like whitemud, plants are still considered too distracting for drivers

                  and then we could make sure we have a sign that says "welcome to edmonton, alberta's capital city.

                  with or without a tag line.

                  oh...

                  wait...

                  that's exactly what we have now.

                  no wonder some people say trying to get rid of looping animated gifs is a lost cause.

                  besides, who remember's the tag line on the welcome signs for vancouver or toronto or chicago or london or rome - never mind biggar, saskatchewan - without looking them up?

                  besides, if we're trying to get people to come here, why the big concern about a sign for people that already got here that might get noticed for a second and a half? why not spend a bit more time cleaning up gateway boulevard or stony plain road or yellowhead so we make a good first impression that isn't made on the basis of a sign.
                  "If you did not want much, there was plenty." Harper Lee

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                  • #10
                    How about an expensive glass pyramid, because Edmonton has lots of desert and reminds people of a museum in Paris?

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by moahunter View Post
                      How about an expensive glass pyramid, because Edmonton has lots of desert and reminds people of a museum in Paris?
                      the pyramids/shards weren't a sign and a slogan any more than chihuly's glass scuptures are signs and slogans...

                      and unlike signs and slogans, they are phootgraphed, reproduced and memorable.
                      "If you did not want much, there was plenty." Harper Lee

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                      • #12
                        New slogan

                        City of Edmonton
                        Home of the Oilers...

                        ...have pity
                        Advocating a better Edmonton through effective, efficient and economical transit.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by kcantor View Post
                          Originally posted by moahunter View Post
                          How about an expensive glass pyramid, because Edmonton has lots of desert and reminds people of a museum in Paris?
                          the pyramids/shards weren't a sign and a slogan any more than chihuly's glass scuptures are signs and slogans...

                          and unlike signs and slogans, they are phootgraphed, reproduced and memorable.
                          photographed, reproduced and memorable...............for all the wrong reasons. Please, no more pyramids or chards of glass. So yesterday.
                          Gone............................and very quickly forgotten may I add.

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                          • #14
                            Just remove the "City of Champions" and "Capital City" slogans, keep the rest as is. "Welcome to Edmonton" is all that's required. That is all.
                            “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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                            • #15
                              KISS ^not you, just making a comment.
                              Gone............................and very quickly forgotten may I add.

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