Southeast Edmonton's Ward 11 is bordered by several major roads — Whyte Avenue to the north, Gateway Boulevard to the west, 50th Street to the east, with a chunk of industrial land east of 50th Street and north of Whitemud Drive.
Its main residential composition, south of Whitemud Drive and a band of industrial estates, is Mill Woods, a collection of two-dozen neighbourhoods surrounded by industrial estates.
People who live in Ward 11 are well-established, with close to half having lived in their home for five years or more. A large part of the population is retiring, with one in five from the baby boomer generation, the highest proportion in the city.
Transportation is one of the biggest issues in this area. People who work downtown must travel on aging roads northward, or take often crowded buses. Unsurprisingly, support for the southeast LRT is high. The rail line, which only has two-thirds funding secured, would run right through the heart of Mill Woods, and through the mature neighbourhoods north of Argyll Road: Argyll, Avonmore and King Edward Park.
Crime is also a growing concern, with several fatal stabbings and arsons in recent years in Mill Woods.
- Population: 61,916 (7.6% of city)
- 0 to 9 years old: 10.0%
- 0 to 19 years old: 20.4%
- 65+ years old: 10.0%
- Owned / Rented accommodations: 60.3% / 32.2%
- Unoccupied Residences: 3.8%
- Non-Canadian: 9.6%
- Drive vehicle / Transit as main transport: 75.5% / 14.5%
- 5 years or more in house: 46.4%
- Average neighbourhood household income: $67,506 (2006)
- Unemployed: 2.4%
HISTORY OF WARD
Ward 11 makes up the northern portion of the former Ward 6, which was cut in two starting with the last election in 2010.
Terry Cavanagh served six terms as councillor for Ward 6. (He also served as mayor twice, both by appointment: after the death of mayor William Hawrelak in 1975, and after mayor Laurence Decore left to lead the Liberal Party of Alberta.)
Dave Thiele, who unsuccessfully challenged Cavanagh twice in Ward 6, was elected for four terms starting in 1998.
Kerry Diotte was elected Ward 11's first councillor in 2010. He is now running for mayor, which means his seat is open.
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