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    Default Edmonton Goals, 2013-17

    With Don Iveson elected mayor and six new councillors, Edmonton faces a lot of new challenges. What do you think should be the major goals for the next four years?
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    i think they're pretty well articulated here:

    http://doniveson.ca

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    Off the top of my head...

    1) Establish stronger regional cooperation
    2) Secure funding for growth of the LRT
    3)Kick-start the development of the City Centre Airport
    4)Use our charismatic mayor as a spokesman to change perceptions of Edmonton in Canada
    5)Work with Calgary to pressure the province download more autonomy to Albertan cities
    Go down a few dark alleys.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kcantor View Post
    i think they're pretty well articulated here:

    http://doniveson.ca

    With his landslide I guess that assuming he can impose his agenda on all the others might be appropriate.

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    The annexation of YEG would make a pretty big splash early on...

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    1- Curb urban sprawl by decreasing new subdivision approval and favor DT/inner city/TOD densification
    2- Address infrastructure repairs - some will continue into next term
    3- Decentralize poverty/services - it's an Edmonton issue, not a Ward 6 issue
    4- Continue renewal of mature neighborhoods plans
    5- Secure funding for continued LRT expansion
    6- Monitor debt load - insure it remains within acceptable levels
    7- More EPS street patrols in vulnerable areas trying to revitalize

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    Work with regional partners and fix the MGA and work the province to get a permanent funding that the city can bank on long term. No more of this sporadic MSI funding.

    Ensure smart growth throughout the region continues.

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    Get to work with Nenshi and Redford on the big city charter.

    For that to happen - the mayors will have to take at least some of the heat for the inevitable (small) tax grab. Can't just hang it on Redford.

    Regional cooperation - be nice.

    I like the suggestion Iveson get out and help change the many misperceptions about good old Big E. He's a natural.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Downtown View Post
    1- Curb urban sprawl by decreasing new subdivision approval and favor DT/inner city/TOD densification
    2- Address infrastructure repairs - some will continue into next term
    3- Decentralize poverty/services - it's an Edmonton issue, not a Ward 6 issue
    4- Continue renewal of mature neighborhoods plans
    5- Secure funding for continued LRT expansion
    6- Monitor debt load - insure it remains within acceptable levels
    7- More EPS street patrols in vulnerable areas trying to revitalize
    I agree completely with this. On item 1, Iveson has been very clear in the past, I'd like to see him back up his talk with concrete steps to restrict / curb sprawl, the last Council were so pathetic they didn't even achieve part of the modest goals Iveson criticized:

    The underlying assumption of the plan is that the city will grow by 400,000 people in the next 30 years. This means 75% of the units will be outside of the core and away from ‘premium transit’ (i.e. LRT or the very best bus service). Furthermore, since we’re assuming that households occupying infill and intensification units have fewer members, 25% of units in the core only comes to 20% of the people (which has been our experience, since families with children still largely flock to the suburbs, vs. the singles and empty nesters who may pick smaller units with better locations). On other words, our plan presumes that 320,000 people will locate on the periphery, near or beyond Anthony Henday Drive.

    I find this tough to swallow.
    http://doniveson.ca/2009/11/14/the-way-we-growsprawl/

    I'm hopeful McKeen and Henderson will work together to come up with some concrete steps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by moahunter View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Downtown View Post
    1- Curb urban sprawl by decreasing new subdivision approval and favor DT/inner city/TOD densification
    2- Address infrastructure repairs - some will continue into next term
    3- Decentralize poverty/services - it's an Edmonton issue, not a Ward 6 issue
    4- Continue renewal of mature neighborhoods plans
    5- Secure funding for continued LRT expansion
    6- Monitor debt load - insure it remains within acceptable levels
    7- More EPS street patrols in vulnerable areas trying to revitalize
    I agree completely with this. On item 1, Iveson has been very clear in the past, I'd like to see him back up his talk with concrete steps to restrict / curb sprawl, the last Council were so pathetic they didn't even achieve part of the modest goals Iveson criticized:

    The underlying assumption of the plan is that the city will grow by 400,000 people in the next 30 years. This means 75% of the units will be outside of the core and away from ‘premium transit’ (i.e. LRT or the very best bus service). Furthermore, since we’re assuming that households occupying infill and intensification units have fewer members, 25% of units in the core only comes to 20% of the people (which has been our experience, since families with children still largely flock to the suburbs, vs. the singles and empty nesters who may pick smaller units with better locations). On other words, our plan presumes that 320,000 people will locate on the periphery, near or beyond Anthony Henday Drive.

    I find this tough to swallow.
    http://doniveson.ca/2009/11/14/the-way-we-growsprawl/

    I'm hopeful McKeen and Henderson will work together to come up with some concrete steps.
    Yes, I hope they work to solve this issue for the whole region, because sprawl on the outside edge of our borders is just as worse (if not even worse) than sprawl just inside our borders....
    And if we only 'solve' the problem for Edmonton - the problem just skips passed our borders, we don't collect ANY taxes for it, but yet are burdened by these effects still.
    Any solution derived needs be reflected region wide. It would be much easier if we were a uni-city like Calgary is (mostly), but the reality is we are the Edmonton region, with 23-26 chefs all mixing in the same soup.

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    Affordable housing
    airport
    arena
    arts & culture
    campaign reform
    capital region
    community consultation
    crime
    economy & small business
    education & innovation
    environment
    epcor
    parks & recreation
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    My Top Ten list (in no particular order)

    1. new arena - on time, on budget
    2. LRT expansion
    3. new regional plan
    4. attracting/retaining businesses, head offices, startups, etc
    5. more non-stop international and transborder flights
    6. roads - maintenance and improvements
    7. Quarters and Blatchford - with these two potentially great infill neighborhoods, stay the course or better
    8. "no more crap" needs more than lip service
    9. better articulation of what this city has to offer to businesses, investors, professionals, tourists, students and artists - stop the brain drain to other cities
    10. the era of the grumpy old men is dead and buried, let's keep it that way
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    potholes




    LOL!
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    Development of a major local music scene - with well known national acts

    Citywide LRT, and planning for our first heavy rail line

    U of A reaches 80,000 students

    City population of 2,000,000

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    City population of 2,000,000 by 2017?!

    I know I've been seeing a lot of Ontario plates on the road lately... but that's doubling our population and then some in 4 years!

    Or maybe you're hopeful Iveson will be in for multiple terms?

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    ^Annex everywhere!?!??!?!
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    ^ how about annex just the 'cities' that touch QEII - that will give us 2 M

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    Quote Originally Posted by Downtown View Post
    1- Curb urban sprawl by decreasing new subdivision approval and favor DT/inner city/TOD densification
    2- Address infrastructure repairs - some will continue into next term
    3- Decentralize poverty/services - it's an Edmonton issue, not a Ward 6 issue
    4- Continue renewal of mature neighborhoods plans
    5- Secure funding for continued LRT expansion
    6- Monitor debt load - insure it remains within acceptable levels
    7- More EPS street patrols in vulnerable areas trying to revitalize
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    1) go easy on spending
    2) slow down on urban sprawl, focus on developing on empty lands all over the city.
    3) built arena and finish on time before the deadline.
    4) get rid of eyesore everywhere such as Arlington.
    5) need to built 2 more bridges , one in the east and west end to cut down traffic congestion.
    6) fix drainage system.

    I guess that is all I can think of.
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    - Secure funding for LRT (Southeast; West)
    - Development of downtown entertainment district
    - Assist EIA in whatever way possible in securing additional European flights
    - Assist EEDC in promoting Edmonton as a place to live, work, and invest in
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    One thing I'd like to see our city do more of is promoting our city to outsiders. We have a lot of great things going on, and I think Edmonton would do well to marketing towards the rest of Canada.
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    ^I agree and would tweak it by having a decent % of marketing to our local population. 1.2 million people that can spread by word of mouth to their friends and family and professional contacts all over the world as well as increase awareness and pride of everything Edmonton. Edmonton Tourism does very little to none of this type of marketing. Even just marketing directly to the foreign students at the U of A and Grant Mac would likely have a much better ROI in terms of Edmonton awareness compared to the fragmented strategy now employed that is not overly effective.
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    ^bingo.

    We need FAR more word of mouth.
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