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Old Posted Apr 5, 2013, 3:23 AM
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EDMONTON: Whyte Ave.

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nice street with some cool businesses.. thanks, flar!
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Old Posted Apr 5, 2013, 9:59 AM
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Thanks for these pics of Edmonton, flar!

I like Edmonton. I´ve always wished to visit it, above all by winter. Nice streets and buildings at Whyte Ave.

Congrats and greetings from Madrid, Spain.
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Oh my god, Edmonton finally got the flar treatment. It's too bad it looks like you visited the ave when it wasn't awfully busy. The neighbourhood can get pretty busy on weekends, and during the summer in general. What were your overall impressions of Edmonton? Did you visit anywhere else?
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Looks pretty good! Probably one of the best Edmonton photo threads I've seen on here.
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Great pictures! I never imagined that Edmonton had a neighborhood with the history as stated on that plaque. It's not surprising that you covered this area, like you covered historic neighborhoods in Regina, London, Halifax, etc.
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Oh my god, Edmonton finally got the flar treatment. It's too bad it looks like you visited the ave when it wasn't awfully busy. The neighbourhood can get pretty busy on weekends, and during the summer in general. What were your overall impressions of Edmonton? Did you visit anywhere else?
I posted another thread of the downtown area http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?t=204866

I have to be honest, Edmonton is not the most impressive city I've seen. I do think it has a lot going on under the surface, and it probably offers a pretty good quality of life for most residents on a day to day basis, but from an urbanist's perspective it's a bit lacking. I don't think you will be surprised by me saying that. It's really a victim of its time and place, being a newer city, it doesn't have the layers of urban fabric. It's also a city that reflects its citizens, I think, in that the majority there places more value on practicality than aesthetics or urban ideals. It's not unlike Hamilton in that way. People want to drive and have places to park and live in a detached home with a yard. They're not pretentious and don't want it to be like New York City.

The good: this neighbourhood, which is quite nice and similar to Westboro in Ottawa or Westdale in Hamilton. From the bit I saw, it looks like there are some nice leafy residential neighbourhoods. Huuuuuuuuge river valley and parkland running through the city. The LRT. Easy traffic: one red light all the way from the airport to downtown. Lots of modern and postmodern architecture. Great skyline views from across the river (unfortunately I didn't get any pictures due to a snowstorm).

The bad: The subway part of the LRT is like 200 feet underground (too many stairs). Car based city: wide roads, poor pedestrian experience, bus transit is poor. Too many of the older buildings downtown were underutilized and lost among the glass towers. Too many malls and big box stores (I didn't go to the West Edmonton Mall, but the downtown shopping experience is basically a mall with generic stores, no main commercial strip). Unfortunately they even allowed big box stores to be built downtown.
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that's an interesting mix of eras on those storefronts.
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Nice mix of chains and independents. I like it.
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The Commercial Hotel is one of my favourite drinking sports in the city. I have never had a bad time there. It's one of those places where you have bikers playing pool, pill poppers dancing all night by the stage, middle aged folks pounding back pitchers, 20 somethings getting exposed to awesome blues, toss in some down and outs with track marks all over there arms, and some rather poor people who stay in the hotel...everybody gets along and has a good time.
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Nice tour of a very interesting and eclectic neighbourhood.
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Nice work, flar. Very nice work!

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Wish I could have gotten a few night shots on this street, the classic signage looks great at night.

Thanks for the replies!
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Nice shots flar. Wish I had known you were coming to town, would have liked to meet you. I live 10 minutes from where you took these shots...
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