The Yards

Edmonton’s Central Magazine

Spring 2016

Here’s How We Can Make Downtown More Liveable

4 Ways to Get Involved with Your Downtown League

Soft Landings for New Canadians

12 Ways to Meet Your Oliver Neighbours


The Renter’s Revival
New apartments and slowed economy give renters a rare advantage

Spreading the Peace
With two-year waiting lists, the Oliver Community League sets out to build a second community garden

Stalling Business
A new parking project hopes central restaurants will thrive

Defrosting Design
City’s new design guidelines can make downtown winters warmer

Grey Area
What’s the future of the core’s main intercity transport hub?

Growing Together
How community gardens build better citizens

Well over 100 packed Christ Church for the City of Edmonton’s Imagine Jasper workshop to help reshape the thoroughfare into a main street (Nov. 25/15)
Snapshots from Winter’s Community Gatherings

Smiling Faces at What the Truck?!, CornFest and more


Small is Big

In Edmonton’s core, where bigger appears to be better—bigger arena, bigger museum, bigger university—smaller isn’t just surviving. It’s thriving. Yet our streets don’t provide enough of these fine-grain, hole-in-the-wall businesses that let budding businesses take a risk, succeed, then grow.


Chief Concerns

Edmonton has a lot of big plans, but is it time to appoint a Chief Planner to carry out the visions and advocate for good urban form?

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Front Yards

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Catch Cold

Six activities that’ll have you wishing for longer winter

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Found in Translation

A newcomer shows how others can quickly find their feet in the core

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Reverse Prospecting

A young family advertises itself for the perfect Oliver home

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Volunteer of the Season: Sharon Yeo

The lifelong Edmontonian has been a volunteer for almost as long as she’s called the city home

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Volunteer of the Season: Angelika Matson

Meet the Abundant Communities Initiative’s newest connector

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Little Free Libraries on the Move

Annalise Klingbeil’s experiment is taking off—beyond Oliver

Around the Core