It was early morning, just before sunrise, but with the heavy overcast sky and light snow falling how would you know?. Overnight, this part of Edmonton had 5 to 10 cm of the lightest, fluffiest snow you can imagine. For a few hours we were living in a winter wonderland.
and finally an image from the same morning, which is interesting even though not featuring the snow:
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:
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.
November 28, 2014 – the second day of the first big snow of the year. A lot of snow (30cm?) fell during the evening and over night. Here are a selection of photos from this winter day:
Snow Buried Stairs in Edmonton’s River Valley
By evening the City was still moving slowly, but with some road plowing done condition were better than they had been earlier.
A plowed but still road snowy corner
Snow at the bottom corner
“Pyramids Red” Edmonton’s Muttart Conservatory
“Clearing the Rink” – blowing the snow off of the Riverdale Community skating rink.
Well we are through what might go down as the Great Snowfall of the Winter of 2011/12 in Edmonton. Starting Friday evening and through Saturday February 25th the snow came down steadily and the City slowed right down. I had to take the car out on the streets of central Edmonton a few times on Saturday and it was tense. the streets were heavy with snow and slippery. At one point I just barely made it up Alex Taylor Road. I do have snow tires but they were rendered useless. I could reluctantly accept this on the residential streets for a few days but I do not expected on the main drags for a couple of days. I was amazed as I drove about not to have seen a single grader out working the streets.
My gripe, my puzzlement, is why did the main route parking restrictions for the serious snow clearing only go into effect on Monday morning at 7 AM. This should have happened at 7 PM on Friday evening. This winter storm was well forecast, so I don’t understand why we (the City) weren’t better prepared. Time and again we (again the City) seem to have this deer in the headlights look, “oh, snow … did it snow … isn’t that unusual … I guess we should do something about it”!
Sure I can appreciate that it would be cheaper to only go over the streets once and that seems to be the motivation – “let’s be sure that all the snow that is going to fall has fallen, so we only have to do this once”. To me this is like waiting to deal with a heart attack victim with a clogged artery “Yeah, lets just wait and see if another artery fails before we go in and do something”. The streets are the arteries of this City, we need safe traffic flow – weekend or not.
From what I saw, the street clean-up proceeded very nicely today (Monday). Helped by the sun, the main routes were very passable – even if some lanes had disappeared under the rows of plowed snow.