Better Bussing: A Bright Future for Edmonton's Transit System

Better Bussing: A Bright Future for Edmonton's Transit System

Some thought it would never happen, but somehow, it has! The City of Edmonton has finally heard our cries and a major bus route revamp is taking place, set to hit the streets in mid-2020. The Edmonton Transit Strategy outlines the goal for Edmonton to modernize its transit and ultimately lead to more people choosing to take transit as it becomes better serviced and more accessible to users. The changes made include having 5 specific route types, including frequent bus routes, rapid bus routes, crosstown bus routes, local routes, and community routes. These 5 routes have been specifically curated to service the diverse needs of Edmontonians in all areas of the city. Click the link here to see the new routes and how they will affect you. The suggested changes have sparked a conversation around public transit in Edmonton, and it is believed that the potential benefits of these new routes outweigh the challenges. Ultimately, like many things, it will take some getting used to.

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Get Inspired! Top ten websites to improve your graphic skills for school!

Get Inspired! Top ten websites to improve your graphic skills for school!

You are writing a report, creating some slides, doing a map, a 3D model or even designing your resume or portfolio for that summer job, you know the drill. You try to do something pretty but snapchat doesn’t have any filters in Google Docs to help you get out of your misery, yet. You don’t know how to make things visually appealing because you are a social scientist who is supposed to be good with words, maybe memes, but layouts, illustrations, diagrams, infographics, or renderings? Save us all Jane Jacobs! But say no more, lucky you I have experience in architecture and graphic design (remember PLACE 18?), to guide you through these dark times. Remember, these are skills anyone can learn putting the time and effort.

Here are my top ten websites to help you get inspiration, get you out of your Times-New-Roman comfort zone and start improving those graphic skills! Summer is coming!

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21st Century Dunkirk: A Leader in Public Transportation Policy

21st Century Dunkirk: A Leader in Public Transportation Policy

North American’s seem to hold an idea that all Europeans cities, of any size and growth pattern, have phenomenal public transportation and ridership. Let’s dismiss this idea. Up until 2015, Public transportation only represented 5 percent of total trips in Dunkirk, and biking representing 1 percent of total trips. This figure is easily surpassed in Edmonton.

This was until one Mayor was determined to raise public transportation ridership, and wage a campaign against Dunkirk’s dangerous population stagnation, enter Mayor Patrice Vergriete.

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What the Heck is a Restrictive Covenant?

What the Heck is a Restrictive Covenant?

f you frequent Urban Planning circles or local new's headlines, you've probably heard the term "Restrictive Covenant" come up, especially with Edmonton's new focus on infill.  If you're from a small town, like me, with no exposure to development-law whatsoever, you’ve probably never heard of it.

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Winter Pro Tip: Attend Winter Festivals!

Winter Pro Tip: Attend Winter Festivals!

Winter doesn’t have to be terrible. The Canoë Volant is a wonderful, free winter event that provides interactive activities like bannock making, rolling up maple syrup on a popsicle stick, ski racing, and even a free dance party outside of La Cité. Events like Canoe Volant truly show that Edmonton is a year-round festival city and that our winters don’t suck.

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Friction of Distance Made Me Sleep at Lister for a Night

Friction of Distance Made Me Sleep at Lister for a Night

During the last week of January, I had one major paper and a major proposal due, and it also happened to be a really busy week for volunteering, meetings, and work. I thought this would be a great time to try out the commuter hostel.

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Sprawl or Suburbanization? What's the Difference?

Sprawl or Suburbanization? What's the Difference?

Sprawl, growth, and suburbanization are all words used to describe an expanding city, and they are also used interchangeably, as to be synonymous with one another. When these words are used to address change in Edmonton, they are often meant pejoratively to address a personal disapproval of the pattern, style, and even the pace of the introduced built-form. This discussion is dominant in the discourse of the outermost suburbs, think any development exceeding the Anthony Henday.

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Is the QE II Expansion Necessary?

Is the QE II Expansion Necessary?

I would say that I have done my fair share of traveling, which means I have also had my fair share of car rides to the Edmonton International Airport. On my way to EIA recently, I was shocked by freshly poured cement beams and an endless line of construction equipment along the Queen Elizabeth Highway 2. The massive QE II is expanding even more. 

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