The Pulse: March 28, 2024

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  • -1°C: Snow. Amount 5 cm. Wind north 20 km/h becoming light in the afternoon. High minus 1. Wind chill near minus 9. UV index 1 or low. (forecast)
  • 4.8 million: Alberta's population surpassed 4.8 million as of Jan. 1, an increase of 202,324 over the previous year, breaking records for growth and interprovincial migration. (details)
  • 7pm: The Edmonton Oilers (43-23-4) host the Los Angeles Kings (38-22-11) at Rogers Place. (details)
  • 2pm, March 30 The Oilers host the Anaheim Ducks (24-44-4) at Rogers Place. (details)
  • 7pm, April 1: The Oilers play the St. Louis Blues (38-30-4) at Enterprise Center. (details)

A portion of 83 Avenue in Old Strathcona.

City recommends removing cars on 83 Avenue near farmers' market

By Stephanie Swensrude

The city is recommending making one block of 83 Avenue between Calgary Trail and Gateway Boulevard car free.

"The avenue is frequently utilized by pedestrians and cyclists, particularly during weekends and the spring to fall seasons," the city said in the recently released draft Old Strathcona Public Realm Strategy. "Additionally, 83 Avenue experiences periodic closures to vehicular traffic for events and festivals, averaging approximately 30 days annually."

The city said it will pilot closures on 83 Avenue outside of festivals and events in the future.

The Old Strathcona Public Realm Strategy is meant to be a guiding document for the redevelopment of Whyte Avenue, Gateway Boulevard, and surrounding areas over the next 10 years and beyond. The city is inviting public input on the plan's final phase until April 7.

In June 2022, city council approved piloting a pedestrian-only street on part of 102 Avenue downtown, but reversed course nine months later. Coun. Tim Cartmell, who voted to reopen the street to drivers, said during the council debate that the portion of 102 Avenue closed has no storefronts. "It is not an energetic place and not having cars there is not going to change that, not in the short term," he said.

In contrast, the block of 83 Avenue now under consideration includes two theatres, multiple restaurants, a park, a public plaza, a high-volume bike lane, and the Old Strathcona Farmers' Market.

The city also recommends turning what is currently a gravel parking lot it leases to the farmers' market into a district park. About half of surveyed Edmontonians said they did not support repurposing parking areas to create more open spaces.

Corinne Olson, manager of the farmers' market, told Taproot in an emailed statement that the proposed changes will affect how vendors load and unload but that the market already adjusts for this during the festival season when 83 Avenue is routinely closed.

"Changes to the market loading and unloading location to 103 Street will cause a few pain points," Olson said.

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Headlines: March 28, 2024

By Kevin Holowack

Edmonton Transit Service bus #52 passing through an intersection on a downtown street

Calls for public engagement: Buses, snow, Meyonohk

By Kevin Holowack

Here are opportunities to help shape city planning for bus-based mass transit, communication about snow and ice, and neighbourhood and alley renewal in Meyonohk.

  • Mass Transit Equity Principles Survey — The City of Edmonton is planning the city's future bus-based mass transit system, including three city-wide bus rapid transit (BRT) routes. Residents can help the city create equity principles for bus-based mass transit by completing a short survey before April 2.
  • Snow and Ice Communications Survey — The City of Edmonton is seeking feedback to inform its communications about snow and ice programs, including parking bans, live snow clearing, and parking status. An online survey will be available until April 8.
  • Meyonohk Neighbourhood Renewal (explore) — The City of Edmonton has begun engagement about neighbourhood and alley renewal in the Meyonohk community in Mill Woods. Planners are organizing a community walk and a drop-in event on April 6. An online survey will be available March 27 until April 17.

More input opportunities

Photo: The city aims to expand its bus-based mass transit system, along with the LRT network, to support a population of about 1.25 million people within 10 to 15 years. (Mack Male/Flickr)

A title card that reads Taproot Edmonton Calendar:

Happenings: March 28-April 1, 2024

By Debbi Serafinchon

Here are some events happening over this long weekend in the Edmonton area.

And here are some upcoming events to keep in mind:

Visit the beta version of the Taproot Edmonton Calendar for many more events in the Edmonton region.