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The view of 102 Avenue looking east from 102 Street, which currently has an under-construction LRT track, one lane of road, a bike lane, and sidewalks on each side
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Idea to turn 102 Avenue over to pedestrians has long pedigree

Making 102 Avenue a pedestrian corridor, which city council narrowly voted to do last week amid significant opposition, is not a new idea — city planners saw the potential at least as far back as 1988.

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A newspaper clipping of an ad, headlined "Hotel Cecil: Jasper Ave. Edmonton's Popular West End Hotel"
Brief

A moment in history: June 15, 1914

On this day 108 years ago, the newly renovated Hotel Cecil was advertising itself as an inviting spot for "Edmonton's particular people" on the city's west end.

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A newspaper clipping with the headline "Two Historic Buildings To Be Saved"
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A moment in history: June 1, 1967

On this day 55 years ago, the McDougall Memorial Church was deemed one of downtown's rare historic buildings worth protecting.

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A map showing where Warehouse Park will be, covering parking lots in an area bounded by 106 and 108 streets and 102 and Jasper avenues
News

Now's the time to weigh in on Warehouse Park design

The city is seeking input on the design of Warehouse Park, and Speaking Municipally's co-hosts happily obliged in Episode 177 of the podcast.

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A steak on a bed of vegetables
Brief

Downtown Dining Week returns as workers come back to the core

Downtown Dining Week, an annual event organized by the Edmonton Downtown Business Association (EDBA), returns as more staff are expected to resume working in offices.

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Cars parked in a surface lot in downtown Edmonton
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Downtown workers would like cheaper parking, but consider the costs, says planner

A survey for the Edmonton Downtown Business Association found that 60% of workers view the availability of discounted parking as a factor that would increase the likelihood of them choosing to return to work downtown. But while discounting parking or making it free may seem like an attractive solution to reinvigorate the heart of the city, it's not that simple, explained urban planner Neal LaMontagne.

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A newspaper clipping with the headline "Larger Premises for the City Post Office: Department Acts On Recommendation From Board Of Trade and Secures Offers of Premises"
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A moment in history: March 2, 1906

On this day 116 years ago, the city's postal workers were calling for a bit more room. The desire for a bigger post office was enough to draw Canada's post office inspector, A.W. Cairns, to tour the city, and led to the construction of an impressive building.

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A three-storey brick building with a restored front on Edmonton's main street
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Home-security entrepreneur buys Union Bank Inn and three other notable buildings

The Union Bank Inn has been sold to a local entrepreneur who is hoping to revitalize and bring new energy to the historic building, which has been a fixture on Jasper Avenue since 1911.

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A newspaper picture of a crane over a building, with a caption starting with the words "Demolish landmark"
Brief

A moment in history: Feb. 23, 1962

On this day 60 years ago, the Empire Block was falling to the wrecking ball, making way for the 12-storey Empire Building that would take its place on the corner of Jasper Avenue and 101 Street.

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