In a plebiscite held on April 6, 1914, Edmonton became a city of numbers. The debate had been consuming the city since the beginning of the year with long winded arguments on either side vying for council’s time.
The grass is starting to show itself again, small spots of green amidst a sea of brown melt are a refreshing sight after another long winter. Soon it will be time to enjoy the warm spring days and the parks will start to fill up...
“we are fighting for the sanctity of house homes and if council will depute the power to us we will do the work for which the police are employed in exactly two hours!”. It was the first in what would become a long roster of groups fighting to make the area a better place to live.
On December 9th and 10th, historians, teachers and public officials gathered in Ottawa for the 2012 Governor General’s History Awards celebrations. The awards are Canada’s top honors in the field of history and heritage.
Alberta Avenue is a place with a golden past, one where community was strong, businesses thrived and children were free to run and play. In the early 1900s Alberta Avenue was the edge of the city, it was where Edmonton proper met North Edmonton Village commonly called Packingtown because of the numerous meat packing plants.
An imposing monument of the area, the Cromdale Hotel stands as a contentious symbol of the changes seen along the Avenue over the years. When it was built, the Edmonton Journal called the design 'smart' and praised the luxurious accommodations available in the 44 guest rooms...
The Norwood Historical Walking Tour is officially launched. The print brochure can be found around the city at the Carrot Cafe, the Alberta Avenue Community League, the City Archives or from the Edmonton Heritage Council and the City of Edmonton. Pick yours up today!