During the real estate boom in the mid-2000s, Edmonton's suburbs grew by leaps and bounds. They grew out of sight, almost unnoticed by folks in mature neighbourhoods, until the Anthony Henday opened and drivers looking for a shortcut to Calgary spotted rows and rows of rooftops from the highway.
Today, as economic forecasts predict the city is about to boom again, the Edmonton Journal is launching a summer series on Edmonton's newer communities.
The city predicts 75 per cent of growth will be in new communities for at least the next decade. More than 40 neighbourhoods are already approved or under construction, some filling up faster than others, and a closer look shows a large variance in the quality and level of amenities.