by Laurence Miall on June 9, 201124 comments
I paused longer than usual over this photo in the Edmonton Journal. In it are pictured Edmonton’s mayor, Stephen Mandel, and Edmonton transportation manager, Bob Boutilier, and the occasion is the opening of a new transit centre that is expected to be a major “hub.” This will be a “booming” part of the big city, soon, we are told.
Now look at this photo. Look at it closely. Outside of the transit centre itself, can you see a single building in the frame?
Besides the two city officials, a couple of transit officers, plus some suits who are presumably spin doctors or journalists, can you see any other living person?
This will be a bustling hub though – believe it! A bustling hub just like all those other bustling hubs in all those other suburban cities sprawling soullessly across the North American landscape.
In other news, Edmonton IS distinguishing itself as being quite exceptional in one respect. It has among the very highest rental prices in Canada behind, of course, only Calgary! A 2-bedroom apartment will set you back an average of $1,016 in Edmonton (versus $715 in Montreal).
Long live the Alberta advantage! Is any price too high for the privilege of enjoying firsthand the splendours of the geography of nowhere?