Once upon a time in Edmonton...
In the early 20th century, Alberta Avenue was on the outskirts of the city. The proximity to 'Packingtown' (a confluence of meat packing facilities) gave rise to Alberta Avenue as a home for workers and as a business centre to support the industry. The area continued to develop as an industrial centre with the additions of the Great Western Garment Factory and the Norwood Foundry.
Street car lines were extended to Alberta Avenue during the First World War. This connection to other developing neighbourhoods, and the emerging downtown, facilitated further economic development in the area.
Like all areas in the country, Alberta Avenue was hit hard during the great depression. The residents of the area were able persevere through hard work and supporting one another. Alberta Avenue has always been very community minded, and the Alberta Avenue Community League has played a prominent role in the community since it's inception in 1922.
Life on the Ave has had its ebbs and flows through the 1970s and early 2000s, but the community spirit of those early residents is still alive and well. The store facades have changed, but the Ma and Pop character of the area remains. Whether you are sipping a coffee at the Carrot, or strumming through the aisles at Mhyre's Music, it's unmistakable which avenue you're on.