When Christy Morin moved from Greenfield in Edmonton's south to Eastwood on the north-side 27 years ago, she found the quality of life differences between the two communities "shocking."
"The ability of the (municipal government) to turn their eye from the inner city was horrible as a tax-paying citizen, and seeing the disparity was intense," Morin told participants at Taproot's second People's Agenda listening session on March 18.
Morin has been instrumental in transforming the neighbourhoods of Alberta Avenue and Eastwood. She has helped to secure improvements from the city like wider sidewalks and improved streetlights, hosted festivals, and fostered the now bustling arts community, including founding Arts on the Ave.
"Our theme should be that it just keeps getting better and better in Eastwood and Alberta Avenue," she said.
Morin was the featured speaker at the listening session, where more than 20 Edmonton residents participated in a discussion about quality of life in the city. The event was prompted by Taproot's People's Agenda, a document that’s being compiled based on responses to this question: What key issue do you want the candidates to talk about as they compete for votes in the 2021 municipal election, and why?