Edmontonians: do those lists of cities matter to you? THERE. Now: what are you making?
I don’t know anyone who thinks about the rivalry between Edmonton and Calgary in any serious way. It’s certainly fun when the hockey and football teams play each other, and we can shout across the aspen parkland and prairie about who gets the best stores first, but they’re similar in many ways. They look and […]
In 1985, Mordecai Richler called Edmonton a “boiler room” of a city. He wasn’t speaking to friends outside a tavern. He was writing an article about Wayne Gretzky for the New York Times. I remember hearing this, in the 1990s, before I moved to Richler’s hometown — Montreal. I had never lived or worked in […]
A strange story appeared in the newspapers today. The headline: $10 million to live in Edmonton? No thanks. This has happened before. A multi-millionaire is lured to the city, a hockey player or a researcher or an executive, and it does not work out. The weather is imperfect, or there is something about that previous […]
One of my own Make Something Edmonton ideas is an urban adventure race, in January, from MacEwan University to Churchill Square, down to the Legislative Grounds, into and out of the valley. It would end in Old Strathcona, at McIntyre Park. There would be obstacles and ice to slide down and climb up, and places […]
Cities speak to us even when we aren’t listening. As anyone who has ever been on a carefully planned blind date understands, the inaudible communication between human beings who ought to be perfect for one another can be sinister. The same goes for cities. A place might be the right size, with pleasing architecture and […]
When we lived in France people would often ask us about the specialties of our region, back in Canada. In Provence they have tapenade and ratatouille and the best wine in the world. In Brittany they have cider and fish and crêpes. We rarely knew what to say. We could talk, abstractly, about any city […]