Content Source: AVENUE MAGAZINE: Top 10 Neighbourhoods

Edmonton's Top 10 neighbourhoods, as voted by you

Old Strathcona is crowned Edmonton's top neighbourhood for the third year in a row.
For the third consecutive year, Avenue reached out to its readers, asking them what they thought are the city’s best neighbourhoods. For the third year in a row, more readers voted for Strathcona than any other. 
We’re at the point where we can call Strathcona a dynasty — at least when it comes to Edmonton neighbourhoods.
But, while Strathcona made it a top-neighbourhood three-peat, there was some moving and shaking in our Top 10. Two neighbourhoods made their debuts in our Top five — Glenora and Downtown. Ironically, the two are very different from each other. Glenora is all about sprawling lots, large homes and low density; downtown life is about living in small spaces and embracing the urban lifestyle.


A brief building history lesson of the historic post office in Greenwich, and the story of how it came to be home to a high end furniture companies store. It's so facinating how imagination, and well thought out planning can completely change a spaces use, and still allow for a buildings integrity to be intact. 



The tiny house movement (also known as the "small house movement") is a description for the architectural and social movementthat advocates living simply in small homes. There is currently no set definition of what constitutes as a tiny house, however a residential structure under 500 square feet (46 m2) is generally accepted to be a tiny home.

People are joining this movement for many reasons, but the most popular reasons include environmental concerns, financial concerns, and the desire for more time and freedom.

Also watch this video: Tiny Apartment in Paris 


Federal Budget Highlights


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Minister of Finance Bill Morneau has tabled his first budget, which the government hopes will kick start the economy. It does, however, come with a price tag. The deficit is expected to be $29.4 billion this year and $29 billion the next before falling. The debt is expected to grow by $113 billion by 2020-21, but debt-to-GDP ratio is expected to stay flat at around 32%. The budget has a lot of goodies for diverse stakeholders. Here are some highlights:

  • New tax free Canada Child Benefit that targets low and middle-income families for the highest benefits. The new monthly tax-free payments starts July 1: Up to $6,400 a year per child under 6, and $5,400 those aged 6 to 18. But this amount begins to claw back for households with an income over $30,000 and is eliminated entirely for incomes over $190,000. 


  • Tax credits: Children's arts and fitness tax credits phased out by end of 2017.


  • Infrastructure: $120 billion over 10 years, focusing first on public transit, water, waste management and housing infrastructure, which should increase employment.


  • $20 billion to green infrastructure. Part of that money will no doubt go to transit, but this could also be a boost for companies in B.C. that are focused on green technology.


  • Seniors: Guaranteed Income Supplement increased by up to $947 annually. The government will restore the eligibility age of Old Age Security to age 65.


  • Veterans: $5.6 billion over six years to increase disability awards for injured veterans and to enhance other financial benefits. 


  • Entrance to Canada's National Parks will be free.


  • Tax rate for small business left unchanged at 10.5%

The impact on the housing market is indirect. Increased employment through infrastructure projects and the new Child Tax Benefit will put more cash into the hands of consumers. The high prices in Vancouver were not addressed, although the budget did include funding to Statistics Canada to study the impact of foreign investment.

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