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High Level Line t-shirts, anyone?
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Love the idea of activating a 4km corridor between Old Strathcona and Downtown? Want to shout it from the rooftops? Okay, please do. Might as well wear a High Level Line t-shirt while you're at it.

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We have limited quantities available in mens sizes XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL (good for ladies too). Until we have our sophisticated online shop up and running, we'll do this a semi-old fashioned way: through email. Fill out the form below to get started and we'll respond by email with availability, payment and shipping details.

$25 each.

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High Level Line Launch Party
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We said we would host a party to kick off memberships, and it was better than we could have imagined! Engaged citizens from all walks of life joined us at The Common to kick start the official membership sign ups, talk about the idea, buy t-shirts, and raise a glass to the potential of our city.

On the walls and tables, we asked for input along the entire line (on a giant map) and on specific areas of the Line like the High Level Bridge. We held a t-shirt raffle to kick off fundraising towards future High Level Line activities including awareness, advocacy, and design studies. It was a lot of fun, so thank you to all who came out.

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We couldn't believe the turn out! The place was packed, and we loved hearing questions from all the guests. Commonly asked questions were about LRT alignment (which is still up the air as Centre LRT plans are in the works), and wondering how to help out. We'll explore some of these topics in upcoming news posts on this website.

Next steps: we are holding an AGM in the fall (likely October) and collecting names for future volunteer opportunities. Part of our AGM will be announcing and signing up sub committees. 


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Jane's Walk 2018

We were so impressed by the crowd that came out for the Jane's Walk this past weekend! Thanks to everyone who made it out and had great information to share. It was a beautiful day to walk from downtown to Whyte.

We started our walk at the north end of High Level Line, between MacEwan University's Robbins Health Learning Centre and the new Allard Hall. From there, we walked the whole line south through Oliver, Grandin, across High Level Bridge (no, not the top of it), Garneau, and ended in Old Strathcona. 

What's a Jane's Walk? It's a free, citizen-led walking tour that honours the memory of Jane Jacobs, a visionary urbanist that pushed for people-centred communities. Learn more about Jane's Walk here. 

 

In the News: Edmonton Journal Feature
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We were so happy to sit down with Elise Stolte from Edmonton Journal to share our vision of High Level Line with her. Six of us met with her at District and she feverishly wrote notes while we explained what we have in mind. When it came time to see the printed article, we were so thrilled to see that we were featured on the front page! Thanks, Elise, for helping us raise awareness of our proposal.

High Level Line visionaries look for momentum and buy-in on new urban park

A dream to transform the High Level Bridge into an urban park and streetcar corridor that reaches from MacEwan University to Whyte Avenue is about to get its next big push. 

The young professionals behind the High Level Line concept are incorporating as a non-profit this spring, recruiting a larger board, launching a series of public events and meeting with landowners along the line as they work to build momentum.

Between pilot projects, promotional T-shirts and plenty of talk this summer they hope to take their vision of a linear park to the next level. The backbone — the old rail line and multi-use trail that connects to the High Level Bridge — is already there, they argue. Someone just needs to fill in the missing links and improve the space to really connect the two cultural hearts of the city

There are obvious challenges to selling the idea. But with consulting engineers now saying that the top of the High Level Bridge cannot be used for a future LRT line, the concept doesn’t have to compete with other transportation initiatives for the turf.

Postmedia sat down with six core members of the team to learn more about what they’re pitching for the High Level Line.

Their unsolicited work is meant to start people dreaming about the possibility, said intern architect Michael Zabinski, imagining how this kind of green connection could support new development of underused pieces of land nearby. “There’s opportunity for every piece of land.”

There's more! Read the full article here: http://edmontonjournal.com/news/local-news/high-level-line-visionaries-look-for-momentum-and-buy-in-on-new-urban-park

Event: APEGA AGM + Conference
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Event alert!

We're excited to host a session at the APEGA Conference! Two of us from the team will be sharing the story of High Level Line and discuss how to contribute to Edmonton reaching its full potential. 

High Level Line—A Discussion of Possibilities
APEGA AGM & Conference
April 19, 2018 at 9:30am
Shaw Conference Centre
More info and register here: https://www.apegaconference.ca/

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Facebook Live with Don Iveson

We were honoured to be invited to chat with Mayor Don Iveson for Facebook Live! As part of his re-election campaign, he asked us to talk about place making in the city and how High Level Line is a great example of that. We could have talked about this for hours! Thanks to Mayor Don Iveson and his awesome campaign team for having us at campaign headquarters.

If you didn't catch the Facebook Live session, you can watch it here: 
https://www.facebook.com/DonIvesonForMayor/videos/834065036775996/

We hope to see Don wearing this shirt at future High Level Line parties! 

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In the news: Global News with Kent Morrison

Kent Morrison from GlobalTV joined us in Old Strathcona to talk about High Level Line. 

More than four kilometres of walking and cycling trails, including a streetcar track, through six neighbourhoods connecting downtown Edmonton to Old Strathcona. That’s the vision of a new idea called the High Level Line.

“Right now it’s technically possible. You can get across in whatever modes we’re talking about but it’s not really a great experience,” said Kevin Dieterman, a landscape architect involved in the project.

Watch the full news clip and read more here: https://globalnews.ca/news/3800662/high-level-line-would-create-park-linking-downtown-edmonton-with-old-strathcona/

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In the news: Metro News Edmonton

Kashmala Fida from Metro News Edmonton covered the story of High Level Line!

A group of Edmontonians have pitched an ambitious idea to use green space to link downtown with Old Strathcona.

The High Level Line project, which would see a 4.3-kilometre strip of parkland run from north of Jasper Ave to Whyte Avenue, is the brainchild of a group of architects, landscape architects, engineers and urban planners.

“The river valley, as amazing and beautiful as it is, has long acted as a barrier between those two areas,” said landscape architect Kevin Dieterman.

“So we studied achieving that connectivity.”

Read the full article here: http://www.metronews.ca/news/edmonton/2017/10/12/it-s-very-edmontonian-idea-aims-to-connect-downtown-edmonton-with-south-through-a-leisure-pathway.html

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