Size: 18 city blocks (40 ha/100 acres)
Location: Edmonton, Alberta
*Recipient: Edmonton Urban Design Awards 2009
Award of Merit: Unimplemented Urban Design Plans
The Quarters Downtown will be made up of five distinct districts or precincts. There will be four “quarters,” each having their own unique character and design; at the centre of The Quarters will be a linear park corridor known as The Armature.
The City of Edmonton’s vision for The Quarters is a neighbourhood that is well-connected to the downtown core and river valley, yet has a distinct image that identifies it as a unique place in the city. Streets are improved with limited through traffic, making the streets safe and inviting for pedestrians and bicyclists. Large city blocks are broken into smaller, more inviting and walkable pieces. Activity abounds.
There is a mix of parks, shops, employment, services, and housing. There is a diversity of ages, incomes, and cultures. Open space is surrounded by businesses and housing, creating a safe and inviting amenity year round. The Quarters is a place where community is important and pride and investment in the neighbourhood is evident.