Building a Great City One Great Neighbourhood at a Time
City Council's vision for Edmonton supports vibrant neighbourhoods, a culturally rich and welcoming society with a quality physical infrastructure as key factors for quality of life.
Neighbourhood Revitalization is a process, directed by the community and supported by the City, to identify strengths, issues, challenges and the potential of a particular area. People, businesses, and organizations in the area determine their own goals and action plans to build on strengths and improve quality of life.
What Makes a Neighbourhood Great?
There are shops, schools, businesses, parks, places of worship, community organizations and more. People who care about each other, feel safe, support local businesses and take pride in their community.
Edmonton has a wide range of neighbourhoods. In each neighbourhood there are strengths and challenges, and there are opportunities to improve the quality of life.
In some neighbourhoods, the people who live and work in the area may be ready to support the revitalization of the neighbourhood to improve the quality of life for all residents living in the community. Staff from the City of Edmonton's Office of Great Neighbourhoods work in partnership to help citizens, organizations and business owners set goals and achieve results through Neighbourhood Revitalization.
Connecting people within their neighbourhood. People, businesses and organizations in the area meet with the Office of Great Neighbourhoods Project Manager and agree to participate in a consultation process to determine community goals and action plan. For example, you may want programs for youth, improved signage or to beautify or clean up an area in your neighbourhood.
The Office of Great Neighbourhoods will support and facilitate the process and will coordinate with other City Departments when necessary.
This is a 3 to 5 year commitment. The first phase involves developing action plans, which will later be submitted to City Council for approval and funding.
What Defines Success?
People from the community define success based on their goals and action plan. The Office of Great Neighbourhoods will also monitor a series of indicators that will help track neighbourhood changes as plans are implemented.
Current Revitalization Projects
- Avenue Initiative Revitalization
- Central McDougall and Queen Mary Park Revitalization
- Jasper Place Revitalization
- McCauley Revitalization
Over 200 neighbourhoods in Edmonton were ranked according to a number of areas including housing, personal and community safety, and social health and wellness.
Alberta Avenue Revitalization
Streetscape improvements include the following:
- New, wider sidewalks
- Marked pedestrian crossings
- More pedestrian level lighting
- Street furniture and light pole painting
- Reorganization of side street parking
- Narrowing of the neighbourhood entrances
Alberta Avenue Project Updates
118 Avenue & 92-97 Street - Complete light finishing and landscaping work.
118 Avenue & 78-82 Street - Continue streetscape construction from 78-82 street and area to be landscaped and completed in 2014.
118 Avenue & 103-106 A Street - Streetscape construction in this area will continue in 2013 and will include the south half sidewalk and roadway plus all crosswalk channels.
Old Alberta Cycle Building Site
The City of Edmonton, in partnership with the Arts Habitat Edmonton and Arts on the Avenue, plan to transform the former Alberta Cycle Building into an arts hub. A business case is being created in 2013 to explore options to meet this vision.
Until a long-term plan for the site is developed and approved it will be a grassed, open space.
The City of Edmonton is committed to working with our partners to support a vibrant arts presence in the area.
Jasper Place Revitalization
In 2013, the City will begin streetscape improvements to help Stony Plain Road be more accessible, better designed and pedestrian-friendly.
Stage 1 (2013): Stony Plain Road 149-158 Street
Work includes curb, gutter, walks (including side streets) from the west side of 152 Street to 158 Street on both sides of the road.
Stage 2 (2014)
Work includes improvements of walks and side streets, asphalt overlay and concrete cross walks.
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