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Staples: Old Neighbourhoods Must Loosen up to Attract New Families

Allowing front driveways part of urban renewal mix, builders argue

Edmonton’s old neighbourhoods need young families to keep their schools full of children and to create ready customers who spend at local businesses. But land prices are far cheaper on the outskirts. Young families can get more house for their dollar as a result, so the lure of the suburbs will pull new homebuyers in that direction.

 

What’s needed is affordable new, single-family homes in the inner city, and that’s why homebuilders such as Paul Schaefer, 35, of Urbanhaus and Tegan Martin-Drysdale, 33, of Redbrick, are pushing for more changes to Edmonton’s revamped zoning bylaw, which is going before council in January. To read more, click here...

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