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Jack’s Burger Shack on Friday for lunch. One of the better burgers I have ever had. Will definitely be back.
 

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Seoul Fried Chicken is now open on 104 Street! Looks great inside.

Went on Saturday. Their having a soft opening, still waiting on some furniture and of course training of the staff. The food was very good, great addition to the area.
 

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Edmonton Pridefest (the new organization for pride festivities) is taking over Churchill Square June 24-25, with lots of other pride events happening around Downtown in the month of June.


They are committed to having Pride festivities Downtown, and hope to bring back the parade next year. Their intention is for Pride in Edmonton to be bigger than it was before and draw regionally/nationally like other pride festivals in Montreal/Vancouver etc.
 

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In Vancouver for work rn. Something that always impresses me is the greenery DT. Obviously they have some help with the climate and winters here, but I would love to see Edmonton invest more in greenery on our main streets and DT!

Here’s some pics to show. Parks, streets, homes, shops, and even alleys!

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Where and when we can for sure, but pretty hard to compare Van.

I use places like Iceland where they had purple, yellow and pinkish kales that would be colourful and beautiful until well into winter vs. pulling all of our plantings and having dirt from after Sept long it seems until May...
 

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In Vancouver for work rn. Something that always impresses me is the greenery DT. Obviously they have some help with the climate and winters here, but I would love to see Edmonton invest more in greenery on our main streets and DT!

Here’s some pics to show. Parks, streets, homes, shops, and even alleys!

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The city does a good job of maintaining our urban forest I really don’t see how they could do anything more.
 

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^As a gardener, designer and someone who helps maintain an 80 acre old-growth forested wood lot, I disagree. The river valley is unique and a gem for a city our size, but much of it is 'unmanaged greenspace'. A lot of it is weed species, filled with garbage and there's at ton of dead trees that are just waiting to become an out of control fire.

The city can and should maintain our greenspaces, and prioritize where they can do extra planting, or perhaps ask for help from the communities that surround it. I was in Calgary yesterday and the level of maintenance, detail in their planting scheme Downtown and in the core was far beyond anything we do here.

Some of what is shown in the photos from Van aren't possible here, but what is shows is a level of care and detail for the public realm that often doesn't happen here. We're getting better, urban areas absolutely need more care and attention to detail than the middle of the river valley for instance.
 

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^As a gardener, designer and someone who helps maintain an 80 acre old-growth forested wood lot, I disagree. The river valley is unique and a gem for a city our size, but much of it is 'unmanaged greenspace'. A lot of it is weed species, filled with garbage and there's at ton of dead trees that are just waiting to become an out of control fire.

The city can and should maintain our greenspaces, and prioritize where they can do extra planting, or perhaps ask for help from the communities that surround it. I was in Calgary yesterday and the level of maintenance, detail in their planting scheme Downtown and in the core was far beyond anything we do here.

Some of what is shown in the photos from Van aren't possible here, but what is shows is a level of care and detail for the public realm that often doesn't happen here. We're getting better, urban areas absolutely need more care and attention to detail than the middle of the river valley for instance.
now, now... to be fair, we maintain our greenspaces as well as we do our roads and medians and sidewalks and bridges and lrt stations and buildings...
 

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There are specimen trees that could be used here that would put Edmonton in a class that would be on par with Vancouver from a plant palette perspective -- Tamarack is one good example, Mountain Ash is another. Due to climate change Edmonton has been up-zoned in terms of viable plant species. There is a whole cadre of evergreen trees that are underused in Edmonton -- Blue Spruce comes to mind as well as a number of non-native Japanese and Chinese domestics. @IanO is right about colorful Kale varieties and there is an entire template of low growing species that have unique form and color throughout the year. And when it comes to grasses we definitely have Vancouver beat. The CofE unfortunately chooses only natives for their Edmonton beds and so we have boring streets that could otherwise be magical.
 

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