Sidewalks & Public spaces - We need to pay more attention to creating inviting, public pedestrian streets and places downtown that are inviting, safe, and attractive for businesses and people. Generous sidewalks, attractive street elements, and attention paid to pedestrian crossings at intersections. Patios - Encourage restaurants and pubs to have patios year-round, including heat lamps and blankets for patrons. Allow ...more »
I’ve always thought that this city needs to properly celebrate its first nations heritage. My idea would see a large festival, a massive central teepee city, and presentations by indigenous thought leaders from around the World. Think TedX meets Heritage Days, housed in warmed but winter styled event facilities in Churchill Square, Fort Edmonton and the Rossdale lands. Include local educational aspects for school children, ...more »
Too often when images or designs for capital projects like new buildings, roads, bridges, transit stations, etc., are shared, they do not include a winter scene. I'd love to see us require that all such projects include both summer and winter renderings!
Hold the world's first ever Winter International Video Mapping Competition in Downtown Edmonton. Check out this link: The idea would be to choose 5-6 blank-walled buildings downtown on an easy walking route whereby citizens and visitors could stroll during the winter evening / night, vote at heated hot chocolate / cider ice bar or patios, sample food-truck along the way, socialize, ...more »
Edmonton should celebrate music influenced by, and made from Winter. Acts could include everything from indigenous music from Canadian aboriginals in the territories, international acts from places like Russia and Iceland and, my fave, performances on instruments made from ice. See link for utter awesomeness:
Pocket Parks downtown that serve the local residential community are vital to the long-term success of any city. Making downtown livable for residents, especially families, means more public park spaces within walking distance of where you live. In a WinterCity, the park is a place to congregate or hang out on a sunny winter day, make a snow man, walk your dog, and enjoy the fresh air. Some pocket parks may even have ...more »
Heaters at popular bus stops that have power when it drops below x degrees, with button to turn on for heat for x number of minutes.
Every time I take the LRT over the North Sask. River, I think it sure would be lovely if the city would commission an artist to create colourful murals on the drab, grey concrete pillars of the High Level Bridge. Not too detailed, maybe slightly abstract.
City commissioned murals could be incorporated into the city's percent for art program on new builds - a program originally spear-headed by Jan Reimer.
The City of Festivals needs a big one during winter.
Surprise YEG Winter City wedding receptions in Churchill Square for random couples? NY City does it! A random couple married in a civil ceremony is spontaneously asked to share the warmth and join a surprise wedding reception set up in the square near city hall. In N.Y.C., this is supported by the Mayor's Office and Improv Everywhere: see A simple shelter in the square, such ...more »