Ideas. Cities. Social Innovation.

From my blog - Alberta Premier Alison Redford and caucus sing John Denver’s classic “Take Me Home, Country Roads” at the Capital Ex Pancake Breakfast this morning.

Love this preservation and restoration project. Great idea for when buildings need to be taken down:

The Alberta Hotel, which was the height of modern when it opened on the northeast corner of Jasper Avenue and 98th Street in 1904, could easily have disappeared forever in 1977 when its then owner applied to the City to demolish it. The application aroused a storm of controversy. Shabby and down-at-the-heels as it had become, the Alberta Hotel was recognized by Edmontonians as part of their cultural heritage; they urged the City to find ways to save it. Ideas were bandied about on the editorial pages of local newspapers for a few years while the hotel continued its slide into decrepitude. Finally, in 1983, the City made a giant leap of faith when it hired Woolfenden Group Architects to dismantle the Alberta Hotel and to store its valuable parts for some undetermined future reconstruction. Who could have imagined that more than a quarter century would elapse between the 1983-84 dismantling and its ultimate reconstruction by local architect/developer Gene Dub?

But now, the city’s social housing organization reports, the number of people using the shelters has dropped by half. And when “homeless census” volunteers combed the back alleys and coulees last Oct. 6, they found just 10 people who didn’t have a warm place to sleep.