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Expectations for Edmonton in 2022

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I will start this off with things that I know and other things that I "almost" know and still other things that I hope we can bring about collectively.
 
In 2022...
-- Delayed because of COVID but still scheduled for this year (2022) the UNCEDED Fair in the Pendennis Hotel, the Brighton Block and along Jasper Avenue between 96th and 97th Street -- a year long event
-- Planning for a RoadShowz and StreetSeenz emplacement along 103rd Avenue between 96th Street and 97th Street adjacent to the Downtown Farmers' Market.
-- Planning for the World Indigenous Peoples' Exposition in Rossdale
-- Planning for the repurposing of the High Level Bridge with a linear park on the upper deck with continued Edmonton Radial Railway access, and bike and pedestrian trail access, view outlooks and the ultimate removal of auto traffic on the lower deck combined with planning for a new "living" bridge that joins 109th Street north and south directly (no doglegs)
-- advancement of highrise projects that include: Alldritt's 80-storey project on the east end of Jasper Avenue and the mixed use project on the old Bank of Montreal/Teglar building site on 101 street.
 
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Decision on FIFA World Cup 2026
Loblaws, Icehouse, new Oilers store and Stantec food court to open in ICE District
Edmonton Oilers will have a playoff run beyond the first round
Edmonton Elks will have a winning season under new/old boss Chris Jones
Grand opening of Walmart at Kingsway Mall
Grand opening of the old Sears space at Southgate Mall
Valley Line SE LRT will FINALLY open this summer
Valley Line West LRT will break ground on some serious construction
Preliminary work on Capital Line LRT to Heritage Valley
Metro Line LRT from NAIT to Blatchford will be ongoing
Blatchford redevelopment will be ongoing
Yellowhead Trail freeway conversion will be ongoing
New hospital construction will be ongoing
Ray Gibbons Drive twinning will continue
City Centre Mall renovations will begin in 2022 or 2023
Decision to be made on bike/pedestrian access on 102 Ave downtown
Northlands Coliseum will be demolished while redevelopment plans for Northlands will be underway
50 St overpass construction will commence
New transborder and international non-stop flights from EIA
New concert announcements for Rogers Place and other venues
Riverhawks baseball team will finally play
Edmonton Stingers basketball team will win another championship
Amarjeet Sohi and the new Calgary mayor will have a huge hug outside of city hall, continuing the Iveson/Nenshi friendship
That incompetent fuckwit Jason Kenney will be turfed out of the UCP but the shit show will continue under a new UCP premier
Justin Trudeau will resign as PM, Chrystia Freeland will replace him
 
The Talus Dome art piece will be ceremoniously removed from its original location, relocated with significant fanfare to Churchill Square and singlehandedly revitalize Downtown until it is subsequently defiled and damaged such that it will be relocated next to the old Chinatown Gate at the COE yard SW across from the EXPO.
 
The Arc payment system will be rolled out by the end of the year, and this will contribute to a more more integrated region with a shared identity. This will pair well with the EMTSC, and help our region to become more akin to Vancouver-metro or the GTA, rather than a collection of distinct municipalities which happen to be near one-another. Smart fare will also help to make our transit services more competitive with other modes of travel, and more appealing to the younger generations who don't carry cash or plan ahead by buying books of tickets.
 
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The Talus Dome art piece will be ceremoniously removed from its original location, relocated with significant fanfare to Churchill Square and singlehandedly revitalize Downtown until it is subsequently defiled and damaged such that it will be relocated next to the old Chinatown Gate at the COE yard SW across from the EXPO.
I've always wondered why this wasn't moved to a people centric place haha
 
I've always wondered why this wasn't moved to a people centric place haha
it's my understanding that it was an overzealous application of the 1% for public art being part of the capital project providing the funding (something that is no longer being interpreted as narrowly).

it's also my understanding that even where it is was not the first choice for the talus dome and that it was originally to have been on the north side of the bridge on the north side of whitemud between the roadway and the scalloped retaining walls. that would have made the entire sculpture visible from top to bottom whether travelling eastbound or westbound but apparently there were geotechnical concerns regarding the slope and underlying foundation requirements.
 
That primary/key organizations who promote our city finally use current images, skyline shots and updated information.

Either that or retitle this 'your favourite memories from 2017'.

We have a library of images from 2021 that could be used to more accurately represent the past year... so why use this?

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I don't think 2022 will be a banner year in terms of projects but it might be very noteworthy for our psyche. Here are some thoughts:

  • Would be nice to just have a normal festival season in summer 2022 so Edmontonians can gather and hopefully say goodbye to at least the worst parts of the pandemic.
  • How nice would it be for transit users (please please please no more delays), pedestrians, bikers, etc... to get out and explore our Tawatinaw new bridge on their way to the folk festival.
  • While official major project announcements might be fewer than other times perhaps we will get a glimpse of what could be in drawings for things like our large new warehouse park, Ice District Phase 2 north and east of Rogers Place, Rossdale powerplant redevelopment, & Touch the water
  • Our new council takes focus on cleanliness and safety on our streets and transit systems to encourage usage as part of efforts to get our city moving again
  • Edmonton gets announced as a FIFA host city and we can begin to seriously discuss preparing our city and facilities for that event
2022 might not be flashy or full of big civic capital investments but it could be a good opportunity to support Edmontonians as we emerge from this pandemic (PLEASE). Let's support the most vulnerable at the same time as we make things safe, clean, and secure for everyone. If the economy continues it's positive trajectory the private sector will get people working again and perhaps there will be more to celebrate on that side of things, not only for new business, but to give all businesses who have struggled it out during these difficult times a boost.
 
That primary/key organizations who promote our city finally use current images, skyline shots and updated information.

Either that or retitle this 'your favourite memories from 2017'.

We have a library of images from 2021 that could be used to more accurately represent the past year... so why use this?

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Fire the intern...
 
Here is a list of my real estate/development related hopes/wishes for 2022:
2022 Wish List
1real and positive movement on the Gondola project
2real and positive movement on the Rossdale power plant redevelopment
3real and positive movement on west Rossdale redevelopment
4real and positive movement on High Level streetcar station at Whyte ave (combined with Gondola station)
5revival of Nordic spa project (perhaps close to downtown)
6start of BMO/Teglar site project (at a minimum good site clean-up)
7proper site clean up of Arlington site
8proper site clean up of Jasper/113 St Emerald project site
9construction start on Station Point/Iron Horse Line project (Whyte and Gateway)
10construction start on City Center Mall redevelopment
11construction start on next Stadium yards project
12construction start on former Enbridge Tower (Jasper and 102 St) redevelopment
13continued construction on Williams Hall (former YMCA) project
14more Beljan projects
15more Primavera projects
16more John Day projects
17more Pangman projects
18one downtown Melcor project (e.g. 104 St north of Jasper or 104 Ave and 106 St)
19one Roadshowz/Streetscenz project
 

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