Edmonton is one of the largest northern urban centers in the world. Located in Canada, Edmonton is the capital city of Alberta. The city has a strong history as a trade center, and it served as the last major stop for the Klondikers during the Gold Rush. This is why we Edmontonions call our city "The Gateway to the North"

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Thursday, April 17, 2008

The Bay Building

The Hudson Bay Company has a long history with Canada. ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hudson%27s_Bay_Company )
Edmonton's exists because of the fur trade and the Hudson Bay Company. At one time much of the land that Edmonton now sits on was owned by the Bay. Our river valley park system was a gift from the company as well, but when this land was handed over contracts were drawn up that would see little to no development on this parkland. This is how Edmonton wound up with such an extensive urban green belt. There has been talk of some select commercial development in the river valley, which I support. It would be VERY nice to be able to sit outside and have dinner surrounded by what is practically a forest in the middle of the city. As a whole the park system is under utilized by most people.


Frog Kisser said...

I like this photo and I love the fact that you didn't get any keystoning. I'm diggin' your site, actually.

Mark said...

I think the rounded corners of the art deco style of the building hide or mask the efffect

Mark said...

O and Thanks for the kind words!

Susan said...

Its a really nice building. But no longer houses the shop. The Bay is now a ways off and in a modern building. I love your green belt and central park. I wouldnt want to see much development.

wed johns said...

what nice building I like this photograph of this building and thanks for your kind writing .shopthebay

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