Monday, June 27, 2011

Edmonton, the Unloved City

Posted on Mon, Jun 27, 2011 at 9:52 AM

Edmonton doesn't get much love, but since I'm stuck here I figured I might as well try to like it and see the positives, so here I go:

I love your giant mall with the fake ships and waterpark, too cool! Mini-golf, ice skating, roller coasters, and the Fantasyland Hotel too.

Whyte Ave is always pretty hoppin with some good spots to go for nightlife. Rock on!

There's some surprisingly cool indie, artsy fartsy, etc. venues in various random places around town if you know where to look.

I love the sound the LRT makes when the doors are closing. Such a lovely, charming jingle (DING dong, DING dong).

The River Valley's pretty, lots of trails and things to do.

Love all the progress being made on 118 Ave (like the Gottingen Street of Edmonton). Lots of cool stuff happening up there. Now if they can only take the success to 111 Ave, 107 Ave, significant parts northeast of downtown, etc.

Love the fact you never have to get dressed up here, unlike Calgary, Vancouver, etc. I love that I can go to one of the nicest restaurants or bars in town in old jeans, a t-shirt, and Oilers cap and fit in perfectly fine.

Also some decent veggie/vegan places here, again if you know where to look.

Go Oilers and Eskies go! You've had some rough seasons lately, but I know you'll bounce back. This is the City of Champions after all.

I like the salt of the earth, unpretentious, tell it how it is blue-collar/working class nature of this city. You don't get that in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, or even really Halifax anymore. People may be kind of brash sometimes, but in a friendly, down to earth way.

Only a four hour drive to the Rockies - not bad! The surrounding Prairie scenery can also be impressive.

All the industrial areas may not be pretty, but interesting and impressive nonetheless. It's pretty cool seeing all the refineries and massive industrial complexes on the drive east to Sherwood Park.

Edmonton also has a (mostly) surprisingly progressive City Council. It's considered the liberal heart of Alberta, sometimes referred to as "Redmonton" (and yes, also "Deadmonton," but I'm trying to see the positives remember).

Anyway, I miss home (Halifax), but in my true Maritime spirit I'm still trying to look on the bright side of an otherwise unloved, unknown, underdog city. —Halimontonian

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