Recent stories about downtown

Vehicles parked in a gravel surface parking lot with towers in the background
city council downtown

On the agenda: Surface parking lots, Metro Line to Blatchford, and funding transit growth

This week, community and public services committee meets on Sept. 18, urban planning committee meets on Sept. 19, executive committee meets on Sept. 20, and audit committee meets on Sept. 22.

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A newspaper clipping of a story with the headline "Rat Said Seen Near City's Heart"
history downtown

A moment in history: Sept. 13, 1954

On this day 69 years ago, someone saw a rat in downtown Edmonton. Police were dispatched to track down the rogue rodent near 109 Street and Jasper Ave, but came up empty-handed.

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Rosaly DeVenz stands inside the rebuilt Italian Bakery, with tables and chairs stacked beside her and shelves behind
food business

Italian Bakery returns to its roots with rebuilt store in Chinatown

The Italian Bakery is finally ready to re-open in Chinatown with a brand-new building.

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Co-owner Hifa Maleki and general manager Mehraz Soltani in front of the bar at El Jardin
food business

Group behind El Jardin and El Corazon has string of restaurants in mind

The owners of the recently launched El Jardin have big plans to open several more restaurants in Edmonton.

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A crowd gathers in an alley behind the China Marble Restaurant in Edmonton's Chinatown as the sun goes down.
food business

Chinatown event succeeds with simplicity, organizers say

Organizers of Chinatown After Dark say its success demonstrates how low-cost community events can be effective in bringing vibrancy to a neighbourhood.

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Rendering of the inside of a proposed pedway with signage on the ceiling indicating Street Level Access to the left, the Royal Alberta Museum to the right, and Station Lands straight ahead
city council region

Calls for public engagement: Pedways, streetscapes, and secondary suites

Here are some opportunities to offer your input on various civic issues, including downtown revitalization projects in Edmonton as well as housing and tourism in Strathcona County.

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Portraits of Jason Svixay and Stephen Raitz beside a slide that reads "Downtown Pedestrianization Preliminary Survey Results" over a map of downtown that shows roadways of various thicknesses.
city council downtown

Advocacy groups collaborate on downtown pedestrianization

After being on opposite sides of the debate on whether to close 102 Avenue to traffic, two Edmonton advocacy groups are working together to look at ways to improve walkability in the downtown core.

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A dark map of downtown Edmonton with yellow pins representing major development projects
business downtown

Business association gathers downtown developments in one place

The Edmonton Downtown Business Association is now tracking major downtown developments on its website, with a current list of 29 projects valued at more than $4 billion.

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A performer on stilts with an inflatable flamingo surrounded by a crowd with City Hall in the background
arts events

StreetFest prioritizes safety for 2023 edition

The Edmonton International Street Performers Festival and The Works Art & Design Festival have teamed up for a second year at Churchill Square, with safety for everyone top of mind.

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