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Yearly Archives: 2018

What is “People First Community Development”?

Posted by: Mark Holmgren / December 03, 2018

The Edmonton CDC is committed to People First Community Development, which means we are committed to People First Community Engagement. It is so fundamental to our work that it is the tagline in our logo. Here is what that term means to us and our work in Edmonton neighbourhoods. Development is always about people Whether…

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Rethinking Homeless Shelters

Category: Community Development, Category: Homelessness, Category: Poverty
Posted by: Mark Holmgren / December 01, 2018

There has been a lot of press lately about homeless people camping in the river valley. You can read a few articles here and here. The City of Edmonton is undertaking a study on alternative ways to provide interim housing to the homeless that would serve as an alternative to camping rough and lessen the…

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Artist Views on ArtsCommon 118

Posted by: Mark Holmgren / November 16, 2018

As part of our community engagement activities regarding ArtsCommon 118, we undertook two focus groups with 18 Artists. Fourteen filled out an assessment form that asked for their “happiness” ranking on 10 key program elements of the project. In aggregate for all ten elements, the happiness rate was 79%; 19% offered “neutral” rankings and only…

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Tired of Litter and Garbage in Your Neighbourhood ? There’s An App For That!

Posted by: Karen Gingras / November 12, 2018

Most weekday mornings I like to go for a walk along Jasper Avenue (east side) or down a set of stairs to Rowland Road and on to the trails in Riverdale or Dawson Park. Seeing the litter pile up along the wooden staircase to Rowland Road or beside every bench that was meant to be…

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Living Wage IN a Livable Economy

Category: Livable Economy, Category: Living Wage, Category: Poverty
Posted by: Mark Holmgren / November 02, 2018

In Edmonton, approximately 140,000 workers are identified as low income earners (earning below $16.31 per hour), according to the Edmonton Social Planning Council (source, page 79). Four in five of these workers are over the age of 20 and 60% are women. The Canadian Payroll Association’s annual survey of Canadian workers identifies that in any…

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What We Heard

Posted by: Mark Holmgren / October 18, 2018

This report compiles the feedback from those who attended the ArtsCommon 118 Community Party and Engagement Event on August 29, 2018 and attended our AC 118 booth at the Kaleido Family Arts Festival, September 14-16, 2018. The party/event took place on the land on which ArtsCommon 118 will be built – on either side of…

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ArtsCommon 118 Community Engagement

Posted by: Mark Holmgren / September 10, 2018

The vision for ArtsCommon 118 has roots going back nearly 10 years, beginning with significant community engagement led by Arts on the Avenue and Arts Habitat Edmonton, involving hundreds of community stakeholders who shared their ideas, needs, and aspirations for the kind of community hub we are now designing and working hard to make feasible,…

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Moneyball in McCauley: Using Analytics to Inform Potential Investment Decisions

Posted by: Karen Gingras / September 10, 2018

You may recall the film “Moneyball” where Brad Pitt played Billy Beane, the General Manager for the Oakland A’s who used analytics to improve the A’s chances of being successful – AKA – winning the world series. 

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Development
as Community Strategy

Posted by: Mark Holmgren / August 22, 2018

In my first three months as the executive director of the Edmonton Community Development Company, I estimate I have had over 100 meetings, most of them being one to one conversations or small group discussions about the communities in which people live and/or work. We talked about community aspirations, community pain, and the plethora of

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Automobile-Centric Development
and Parking Requirements

Posted by: Mark Holmgren / August 22, 2018

Strong Towns is an American movement that a colleague turned me on to the other day, and it is not only a provocative movement, it offers an array of new thinking about the rules that cities and towns have when it comes to development, whether housing and business development or the inclusion of city services.

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