Lethbridge neighbourhood makes the final cut in national competition
London Road, a downtown historic Lethbridge neighbourhood, has been named a finalist in the Great Places in Canada contest.
More than 200,000 votes were cast in the national competition and expert planners have pared down the original contenders to a list of 21. Along with London Road, there are seven other competitors vying for the best neighbourhood in Canada.
To win, London Road will have to be chosen over neighbourhoods in Winnipeg, Fredericton, London Ontario, Toronto, Gravelbourg Saskatchewan, and St. John’s Newfoundland. Two Winnipeg neighbourhoods were nominated.
The award, sponsored by the Canadian Institute of Planners, recognizes the special places that Canadians love most.
“I was excited to hear that London Road Neighbourhood made the short list of finalists,” says Sharon Hudemka, President of the London Road Neighbourhood Association. “Its convenient location and diversity of homes already make it a winner in my mind.”
London Road is home to a varied group of citizens. Young an old live in a mix of housing types, consisting of single-family homes, duplexes, townhouses, apartments, seniors’ housing, and secondary suites. The area is close to downtown and is home to a rich urban forest with many mature boulevard trees and parks containing playgrounds, picnic shelters and tennis courts.
Architecture within London Road consists of Queen Anne, Georgian and Craftsman style homes. Buildings in the area are meticulously cared for and restored, which ensures that the neighbourhood retains its character yet sustains a high level of re-investment. In 2011, “This Old House Online” featured London Road as one of “Canada’s Best Old House Neighbourhoods”
“The final decision is now up to the competition judges,” says Tyson Boylan, Community Planner at the City of Lethbridge. “Their decision will be based not only on the number of on-line votes but also the overall characteristics of the neighbourhood.”
For further information and to view the other finalists visit www.GreatPlacesInCanada.com or the Great Places in Canada Facebook page. The winners and runners-up of the competition will be announced at the end of April.