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Cumberland-Oxford: A Little-Known Gem

On our latest Mark About Town, we visited northwest Edmonton's most diverse and fastest-growing quadrant: Cumberland-Oxford. Actually, the area is made up of four separate neighbourhoods: Cumberland, Oxford, Hudson and Carlton -- a mammoth 15,000 people and counting. Although development started in the area two decades ago, houses and businesses are still popping up -- and on land that contains rich history. Cumberland Park and surrounding homes are the former site of the Edmonton International Speedway. The legendary 251-acre racetrack, which was closed in 1982, was the site of many international race series, and even some Hollywood movies. Speaking of movies, to the southwest of the old racetrack was the Twin Drive-In, the last of Edmonton's 10 drive-in theatres to be demolished. Historian Shirley Lowe helped us take a trip down memory lane to a time when the drive-in was king in Edmonton. (Check out this article for an interesting read on the history of Edmonton's drive-in theatres.)

Our thanks to all the community leaders and developers for welcoming us to your neighbourhood, especially during the busy summer period. All the audio from the show is below. 

Mark About Town returns September 18th with a live remote from another growing neighbourhood. Stay tuned to Edmonton AM for details.

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