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"

Please enjoy my perspective of one of of the fastest growing urban areas this side of China.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2008


This stack of tires was found out back of a downtown business. This business backs onto a new park that was created for the High Level Trolley.
The tires represent Edmonton in a few ways. Firstly, we are one the most car dependent centers in North America. (I happily live car free)
When Edmonton was being populated, large numbers of Eastern Europeans settled here. With them they brought an ethic of hard work and a industrious attitude. Sadly the "Ukrainian Christmas" attitude also came with it. Edmonton has struggled to understand Form and Function, and has been very unsuccessful at melding the two until recent years.
A movement is underfoot though... Public art is growing, there are new strict design rules for building developers. and talk of a new downtown arena and entertainment center. Alberta the province is expected to grow 2 million people in the next 20 years. Change is being forced on all of us.


Chuck Pefley said...

I'm sure this stack of tires is considered by many to be an eyesore, but your composition is quite artfully done.

Jilly said...

I so agree with Chuck. You've given a pile of tyres a sense of design - even beauty. That's looking beyond the tyres of course. Funnily enough I was photographing tyres in Monte Carlo today - piles and piles of them getting ready for the Grand Prix next month - so I have to click on your lovely photo.

Loved yesterday's stroll too.

Kris McCracken said...

“Ukrainian Christmas”? I’m not familiar with the term. Do they use car tires as Christmas trees perhaps?

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