Not yours, obviously.Who's quality of life does the Mona Lisa effect?
I think Councilor Salvador put it well: Let's not let perfect be the enemy of good. Sure, there are better alternatives. But there's no way that Edmonton would close a perfectly functioning street to vehicles for an entire year. She speculated that if it weren't for the shift towards biking and walking that many made during the Pandemic, we likely wouldn't even be able to get this idea approved. It's quite a shift for a place like Edmonton. But like you said: It's done now, so I hope the city makes the most of it, and doesn't squander this opportunity.Not sure how many times I have to remind folks that I am a pedestrian first and usually walk to get anywhere.
It might seem incongruent or confusing for me to oppose this idea, but it I will stand by it all day long given the cross-section, space, abutting buildings, width, lack of green and alternatives for folks to explore and spend time on. The principles and bones aren't there, period.
I'd rather hang on 104st, 124st, Whyte, Ritchie, Garneau... even Churchill Square.
THAT SAID, 7-6 so let's make it the best it can be over the next year and see how it goes.
Godspeed to those who will be given the task to program it, transform it and make it a destination.
Is Janz really using this image to compare to our 102ave?
I just about ripped my hair out there, she was *very* deceptive with that argument. "I did a quick search. The average temperature in the winter in Vienna [which was used as a case study for pedestrianization] is a low of 0 degrees. The low in Edmonton, in the middle of winter, can get down to -30 degrees."And then Coun. Rutherford talking about how she is an active transportation advocate, which I hope she is, but then talks about how Edmonton is -30c in winter and who will be out there. Are we back to that? Why do anything outside in this city because we're a winter city? Nevermind our average daily winter temperatures are nowhere near -30c - but great point councillor.
It also completely ignores other types of weather extremes happen all over the world, that can drive people inside. As if this is the only place with uncomfortable weather events.I just about ripped my hair out there, she was *very* deceptive with that argument. "I did a quick search. The average temperature in the winter in Vienna [which was used as a case study for pedestrianization] is a low of 0 degrees. The low in Edmonton, in the middle of winter, can get down to -30 degrees."
So, taking the average from one place, and the worst case scenario from Edmonton, and putting them together to create some horrible sounding difference.
According to Weather Spark, which cites local weather stations for its data, our lowest winter average is -10, in December and January. In November it's -4, in Febuary it's -8, and by April it's in the positives again. I'm not claiming we're some balmy paradise or comparable directly to Vienna, but it's ridiculous to say that a few days of -30 or below are enough to derail this plan entirely.
If we reject every attempt to make being outside pleasant and feasible for pedestrians because "something something cold", then no wonder seasonal affective disorder gets so bad here in the winter.