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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 11, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta Thunday, November 11, 1971 THE lETHBRIDGE HERAID 27 Ixiii admits prosperity Alberta capital city prosperous In (Vin K'lltln nfhiPVP WPT'P. 1 n.v JOHN EDMONTON (CP) Even city hall is willing to admit that Edmonton is rich, rela- tively-speaking. It's a prosperous city, the capital of a prosperous prov- ince and, at least in the eyes of many an easterner, it lacks slums find real traffic jams. It has a long green belt with wooded hills running through the centre of the city, along the North Saskatchewan River. But, the critics say, the river is polluted, the green holt is being chewed up by freeways and the only reason there are no actual slums is Hint Edmonton hasn't been around long enough to reach that state of decay. They say most of Edmonton is just a collection of suburban neigh- borhoods without character and there's no heart. There's an airport almost in the mid- dle of town. In short they claim, Ed- monton hasn't yet the prob- lems of Toronto and Montreal they may develop. Most say, nevertheless, that Edmonton still has a little time left to learn from the mistakes of the bigger eastern cities. IN GOOD SHAPE Whether such mistakes can be avoided will depend to a large extent on a smallish city department. The 120-member city plan- ning has about a dozen professional itself in a bet- ter position than Uiose of most cities in the battle to achieve for the residents what a mas- ter plan calls "the good life." It has more money than many other such departments in other cities, relations with city council are relatively good and it doesn't have to expend its energies fighting urban blight in the city core. Urban renewal, in fact, is a dead issue in Edmonton. The city recently abandoned its long-standing plans to tear down wide segments in the older parts. The areas just SIMPSONS -SEARS Great Gift Values from our Clock Shoppe Save Now On Primus Watches A. 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Public housing for low-in- come families is being built, but on a small scale in scat- lercd areas mainly on the out- skirts. Aini'ORT ISSUE The city's most controver- sial issue'is the future of the 750-acri' industrial airport sit- uated two miles north of the downtown shopping and busi- ness area. The airport is cir- cled by private homes, a hos- pital, a railway yard and air- based industries. It handles much more traffic, botli com- mercial and private, than the large and modern interna- tional airport, 15 miles south of the city. Opponents say the airport is dangerous because it is a rel- atively old facility now used by too' many planes in an area too congested with homes and factories lo be safe. Sony say the central land is too valua- ble to be used for an airport. But the airport could scarcely be handier for those who use it and for the indus- tries that operate around it- companies that might well take their tax dollars outside citv limits if the airport was closed. Mayor Ivor Dent, who has frequently praised the advan- tages of the airport, now says that no decision should be made on its future until the federal government completes a general study on aviation facilities for Edmonton. DIFFERENT APPROACH Most of the other decisions about Edmonton's future are supposed to be based on a master plan adopted early this year and on a series of more specific "outline plans" covering areas of 50.000 to 100.000 people. Over-all popu- lation is 462.000. Walter Yvakchuk. director of research in the planning de- partment. says Edmonton took a different approach from many other cities in pro- ducing its master plan which projects up to 1081. "Our document took the ap- proach of 'What are the goals are we trying to achieve? On that basis, what kind of facilities do we Critics of the new master plan called it "wishy-washy." Some parts of the master plan such as the transporta- tion and public facilities sec- tions were rejected by council and are still being studied. The freeways issue remains controversial with construc- tion under way in the western part of the city through a rav- ine that had been untouched woodland. More recent plans for a similar freeway through the Mill Creek Ravine in South Edmonton met sus- tained opposition from com- munity groups and were re- jected by council. PLANNERS DREAM The Mill Creek Freeway had teen part of a transporta- tion corridor to serve the eventual needs of a planners' untouched acres into which can be poured all of their best ideas for a mod- ern community. These plans are unaffected by the rejec- tion of the freeway scheme. i The reason the planners have more latitude than usual in designing the subdivision on the southeast outskirts of the city is that 68 per cent of the land is Peter E11 w o o d, project director for the subdivision to be called Mill Woods, said be- cause most of the land is pub- licly-owned, (lie city can make lots' available at a lower price than private developers would. "If we have the success that we hope with Mill Woods it will be to a large extent be- cause we have control of the land." said Mr. Ell wood. "Some people say we want to become dictators and perhaps we do. But land control is so important to a city." Deaths Yesterday By THE CANADIAN PRESS Providence, R.I.-Dr. William R Burwell, a member of the Brown University board of fel- lows for li) years and first American to receive a doctorate from Oxford University. Nrw Hills Roulston. 82. author and former editor of Vogue. Toronto-Mrs. (Aimlc) Hiitchcson. editor of the Ontario i Secondary School Teachers Fed- eration magazine, The Bulletin. Granny, Lcs- ler, 43, headmaster at Stanstead College in Stanstcad, Que. and former headmaster of St.. John's j Ravenscourt in Winnipeg and George's in Montreal in a i car accident. I Tornnto-Kslclle- K e r r, 92, member of tlv Ontario Society of artisls and writer of cliil- j I books. Whatever You NeedfinyTime... The Lethlmdge Herald ...MatMs'Ring the Bell! You can be sure your Ads will reach just about everyone you want to reach; They Won't Be Driving, They Won't Be Sleeping-or Talking! READING REQUIRES ATTENTION And ATTENTION b What YOU GET With The lethlnridge Herald CLASSIFIED ADS CALL 328-4411 ANYTIME! Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday Till p.m. The Lethbrid0e Herald ;