The View from Here

A lovely series of postcards and images of Edmonton over the years, as found in the Peel Collection at the University of Alberta – click on the image for the link:

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Jasper Avenue looking west, about 1930

Photo: Peel’s Prairie Provinces, a digital initiative of the University of Alberta Libraries

As much as I love these images, they also make me sad.

We have lost so much of the fabric of this place – it is a young, dynamic city still – but increasingly homogeneous, bland, faceless, characterless.

And with those incremental losses of the built history of this city, we lose the personality, and sense of place and identity, that will continue to make this city (ANY city) a place people frame as their home – their neighbourhood – the place they belong.

 

 

 

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