Recent stories about downtown

Jason Wong on the street next to the front window at Little Bon Bon
food business

Little Bon Bon set to sweeten Chinatown with deep family history

The creators of Yelo'd are opening an ice cream parlour and café called Little Bon Bon in the historic Hull Block, at 9660 106 Avenue NW, in June.

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The word "ARTS" in block letters with images representing visual art, theatre, music, and coming together superimposed on the letters
city council arts

Podcasters wonder what makes a district

Following city council's decision to designate Rice Howard Way as a downtown entertainment district, news about two other districts in downtown Edmonton caught the attention of Episode 264 of Speaking Municipally.

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Shoppers visit the 124 Grand Market in 2023.
food business

Busy summer ahead for Grand Markets Edmonton

Grand Markets Edmonton has launched its 2024 season, and there are some changes afoot for those looking for locally made food, beverages, and art.

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Seated people watch a speaker at a podium on a stage with signs reading "Upper Bound" and "Amii."
technology business

Amii aims for more "collisions" at Upper Bound

In an effort to increase cross-pollination at the Upper Bound artificial intelligence conference, the Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute is encouraging a bit more intermingling of its streams.

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A newspaper clipping of an advertisement for McDougall & Secord, offering "$40,000 Worth of New Goods"
history downtown

A moment in history: May 15, 1899

On this day in 1899, one of Edmonton's most enduring and influential businesses was advertising its wares.

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Rice Howard Way in downtown Edmonton.
city council police

On the agenda: Police annual report, rezoning, Rice Howard Way

This week, council will consider creating a permanent clean energy retrofit program, review the Edmonton Police Service's annual report, and decide if it will establish a pedestrian-friendly entertainment district downtown.

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A photo of a newspaper clipping that reads, "The Ramsey Policy"
history downtown

A moment in history: April 17, 1919

On this day in 1919, James Ramsey, otherwise known as Edmonton's "Merchant Prince," was selling Easter clothes.

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An aerial view of the intersection between Rice Howard Way and 100A Street, facing west down Rice Howard Way past Scotia Place
engagement region

Calls for public engagement: downtown entertainment, Meyonohk, wetlands

Here are opportunities to help shape the City of Edmonton's plans to establish an entertainment district and renew the Meyonohk area, plus a chance to contribute to discussions on Alberta's wetlands.

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An LRT rolls eastbound into The Quarters, past several surface parking lots.
city council business

Land sales signal change could be coming to The Quarters

Several city-owned lots in The Quarters are in the process of being sold to developers, giving at least one city councillor a glimmer of hope that there is legitimate progress to revitalize the 106-acre neighbourhood.

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