The Missing Middle in Edmonton

As an Infill builder and developer, and grateful citizen of Edmonton I have seen the necessity for adding density and variety to Edmonton’s Mature Neighbourhoods. These neighbourhoods have a lot to offer but, for the most part, these offerings are only for people who want to live in detached single-family houses. The infill we have seen in the last few years looks different from what was originally built but is still, mostly, detached single-family houses. As a result, these neighbourhoods are developing a demographic problem. It is difficult for young families to move into them because land costs are so high. It is difficult for seniors to stay in them when they want, or need, to live in something other than a detached single-family house. Most of these neighbourhoods have populations that have grown in the 40 to 70-year-old age group and have shrunk in every other age group.

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