The streets of Strathcona Centre Neighbourhood were laid out well over a hundred years ago. So wouldn’t it make sense, if the city is going to invest about $25 million in renewing the streets and sidewalks of the area, that the design of said streets and sidewalks be reconsidered?
The Strathcona Centre Community League (SCCL) is preparing to engage the city for its upcoming renewal process (happening 2019 – 2021). We think that the massive investment that is the city is going to make should be leveraged by first rethinking how our neighbourhood could be make better for walking and biking before the shovels hit the ground.
Urban Design Student Partnership
The SCCL Renewal Committee is working with a team of students from the University of Alberta’s Urban Planning Committee. These four students are creating three different concept plans for the neighbourhood, each of which will present a different vision for what it will look like after reconstruction.
The students will be creating their concept plans from January – April of 2017, and presenting their ideas to the public in early March.
Note: The partnership with the U of A students is separate from the City-led renewal process. SCCL will use the information gathered through this initiative to engage with the City.
Here is the Terms of Reference document that describes the project between the community league and the student team.
Strathcona Centre Community League Strikes Ad-Hoc Committee To Prepare For Neighbourhood Renewal
Posted on February 24, 2017 by Conrad
The City of Edmonton invests in the infrastructure of its residential areas, their streets, sidewalks and street lights, through the Building Great Neighbourhoods program (source). Communities are targeted for renewal in accordance with four-year capital budget cycles. Strathcona Centre Neighbourhood, located just north of Whyte Avenue, between Mill Creek Ravine and 107 Street, will be renewed during the 2019-2023 cycle.
Map of Strathcona Centre Neighbourhood
Traditionally, Building Great Neighbourhoods has proposed a “like for like” replacement of infrastructure, with minor additions to improve walkability (adding missing sidewalks being the most common of these). However, in 2013 the community of Queen Alexandra, located directly south of Strathcona Centre, organized to advocate for the inclusion of an element of new street design in its neighbourhood renewal. Due to timing constraints, only the two collector roads of 76 Avenue and 106 Street were given consideration (project web page).
The Strathcona Centre Community League is very excited by Queen Alexandra’s success in leveraging the city’s investment in order to create a more walkable, bikable, livable area. The League thinks that the same type of process can and should be applied to the entire Strathcona neighbourhood, so it struck an ad-hoc committee in late 2016. This website will showcase the committee’s work and help inform the community about events and potential actions related to the process.