Jasper Avenue that is – Edmonton’s historical main street.
Last Saturday afternoon (2016 March 26) I took my camera (with wide angle lens) and focused on some of the buildings. How many times have I been up and down that street without slowing down to look. Here is some of what I saw between 109th and 96th Streets:
North-side, east of 109 Street
MacLean Block on the northwest corner of Jasper and 107th
Corona Station Entrance (Jasper and 107th, southeast corner)
Energy Square (Jasper and 106, northeast)
Old CKUA Building (northside of Jasper Avenue between 106 and 107th Streets)
Enbridge Edge (southwest corner of Jasper and 102nd St.)
Canadian Imperial Bank of Canada building (northwest corner of Jasper and 101st St.)
ATB Place and Telus Tower (southside of Jasper Avenue, west of 100 Street)
Goodridge Building (northeast corner of Jasper and 97th Street)
Gibson Block (northwest corner of Jasper and 96th Street)
Sometimes I like to just walk in my city and see what I can see (and with my camera in-hand, to capture and share images of what is to be seen). So it was on Saturday afternoon (2016 February 27). I walked Jasper Avenue from 96 Street to 116 Street, but in this blog post I will focus on a short section of that trek.
It was on the few blocks east of 109 Street that my eye was particularly active, seeing things of interest in some of the buildings old and new:
Sidewalk tunnel on the south side of Jasper Avenue, east of 109 Street
and peeking into the ground floor of the construction site to the south of this tunnel (left in the above photo):
Peering through the Corona LRT Entrance on Jasper Avenue
The decorative brickwork on the MacLean Block (above Audrey’s Books)
Energy Square at the northeast corner of Jasper Avenue and 106 Street
Here are a few more images (perhaps not often noticed) from Edmonton’s river valley in early February.
Muttart Pyramids Tucked Away
Curved Bridge (James MacDonald)
Bridge Shadow on River Ice
Low Level Bridge (from below the James MacDonald)
Riverside Promenade in Winter (Louise McKinney Park)
The first set of images from this photo-walk can be seen on the prior blog post: Different Perspectives.
I was wandering through downtown Edmonton at noon one day this past week, just getting some fresh air and capturing images of a few things that caught my eye:
Here are some more images from Edmonton’s inaugural Nuit Blanche on 2015 September 26:
Moon Rise over Canada Place
Inside Edmonton’s City Hall – The Art and Architecture
City Hall Roof with Projector
Bikes in the Night
Art Gallery of Alberta
“The World We Want (outside the Winspear)
Edmonton Public (Stanley Milner) Library
The Balloon-filled Pedway
and back to my favorite:
A early afternoon stroll in downtown Edmonton revealed a lot of natural and man-made beauty.
Colorful Library Parkade Entrance
One of the things that most caught my eye was the progress on the Kelly Ramsay Tower construction. Especially impressive was seeing the unveiling of the historic facade at the base of the building.It seems they have done a great job in cleaning up the brickwork and restoring it to its former glory.
“Looking Way Up” – construction on the Kelly Ramsay Tower
the historical facade on the Kelly Ramsay Tower
planters outside the library
Falling Leaves beside City Hall
A few months back I posted Revitalizing 96th about the status of the project which is completely updating Edmonton’s 96th Street between Jasper Avenue and 103A Avenue, dubbed “The Armature” and anchoring the Quarters Districts.
Work has continued through the summer and it appears that most of the paving, with the black,white and grey paving stones is complete.
96th Street Looking South
The area is still a construction zone, the street is not open but the sidewalks on both sides have been opened up for a few weeks.
The remaining work seems to be the landscaping details – new trees have recently been planted, there are beds of perennial grasses and installation of some street lighting appears to be next.
Final Landscaping on 96th Street (looking north)
While the street paving appears to be done, pallets of bricks suggest that more work remains. Hopefully it can all be finished up before the snow falls.
Paving Stones Remain
At the south end of the street, the new Hyatt hotel is looking good – appearing nearly complete from the exterior.
New Hyatt Hotel Nearing Completion
Hopefully this brilliant hotel will soon spur on other developments on this about-to-be-beautiful street which is currently very barren in terms of any commercial buildings.