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cohan
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Edmonton had supposedly won some awards for its 'Pedway' system when I lived there long ago- the system- both above and below ground- was useful, but really didn't go all that far in those days, not that there was anywhere far to go.... definitely those central shopping areas had rather 'dead' exteriors...
The system connecting dowtown buildings in Toronto was also quite labyrinthine- but apart from a couple of the largest downtown shopping centres which were well connected ( I could easily travel several blocks indoors and regularly did; at one time I also worked beside another connected area, and that was very handy too!) it was outside my needs-- I just occasionally wandered in there for the sheer exoticism of seeing where the corporate/banking world ate lunch and did light shopping ( a hidden world!) - so I had no need to find my way back anywhere, as long as I could eventually find a street exit again  ;D

I think city planners do need to think long and hard about who they are serving with various systems, and what other effects they may have... for people who work (or live, if there are connected residences?) in the interconnected buildings (or even near them!) I think its wonderful in very cold or hot weather- to be able to access goods and services without dealing with weather, and I'm sure any call to remove the connections would be vociferously opposed!

west central alberta, canada; just under 1000m; record temps:min -45C/-49F;max 34C/93F; http://picasaweb.google.ca/cactuscactus  http://urbanehillbillycanada.blogspot.com/

Tim Ingram
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I suppose because we don't get a long extended winter with snow (except once in a blue moon), we don't have winter festivals - sounds like good fun! Keen gardeners make up for it by collecting snowdrops and visiting as many gardens as they can in a few weeks through February!!

Trond - the Chusan Palm has been in the garden for some 25 years or more and never been damaged by winter cold or snow, but we rarely drop below -10°C. In Nature I think it can tolerate temperatures down to -20°C maybe for short periods, but it is always long extended freezing which causes so much damage. I also grow the European Chamaerops but this was quite badly damaged by the early cold we had last winter; Butia capitata from temperate South America has so far (touch wood) come through relatively unscathed - this can make a very bold and dramatic specimen. I imagine the Chusan palm would be hardy in milder parts of Scandinavia?

Dr. Timothy John Ingram
Faversham, Kent, UK
I garden in a relatively hot and dry region (for the UK!), with an annual rainfall of around 25", winter lows of -10°C and summer highs of 30°C.
 

Hoy
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It isn't much of neither skyways nor pedways here! I think they are rare even in the big cities like Oslo. However, when I visited Moscow I walked in something like that - interconnecting buildings with streets roofed over and both inside and "outside" gangways in several floors - just opposite Kremlin across the Red Square.

      

Tim, I have tried several palms from seed but all the seedlings died in the very cold winter 2 years ago. However, I know there are some people growing palms outside here at the west coast. I have a Chusan Palm in a pot and will try it outside in a year or two. I also have a banana plant (Musa basjoo) in pot and plan to try also that one outside. However, the problem her would be lack of warmth in summer and not cold in winter.

I have several times bought seeds (not just palms) from http://www.rarepalmseeds.com/index2.shtml and always had good germination

Trond
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

Tim Ingram
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Trond - that is a tremendous website and seed source; very dangerous for me because I can't resist growing so many plants from seed! Interestingly last winter a couple of established cycads I had in pots (Cycas revoluta and a Macrozamia) looked to be killed in the unheated greenhouse, but come spring threw out a strong new set of leaves! I am not sure if many palms damaged in this way would do the same. Not to be recommended though when the plants have taken ten or more years to grow on from seed!

Dr. Timothy John Ingram
Faversham, Kent, UK
I garden in a relatively hot and dry region (for the UK!), with an annual rainfall of around 25", winter lows of -10°C and summer highs of 30°C.
 

cohan
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Trond- much grander than any walkways I've been  on in Edmonton or Toronto  ;D a few 'glassed' ones over streets, but more often underground connections which are just like subway connection tunnels- or even much smaller than that... at the grandest, they are just like any other part of a shopping mall...

west central alberta, canada; just under 1000m; record temps:min -45C/-49F;max 34C/93F; http://picasaweb.google.ca/cactuscactus  http://urbanehillbillycanada.blogspot.com/

cohan
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Well, I guess spring is really coming- but my indicator is not flowers pushing up out of the soil-- rather, the snow is wetter and heavier now!
Our forecast yesterday was for flurries, but we got another 10-15cm...
First is from a couple of metres past the front door...

My friend shovelling ( we did parts of it in the evening, all of it later, and again today)

Philadelphus, apples, house lights (left) and van..

Part of the driveway, and another part..

 

west central alberta, canada; just under 1000m; record temps:min -45C/-49F;max 34C/93F; http://picasaweb.google.ca/cactuscactus  http://urbanehillbillycanada.blogspot.com/

Lori S.
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Looks like you... and we... have more snow to look forward to!  A "heavy snowfall warning" is forecast for Calgary and also for the Rocky Mt. House area (and possibly for other areas), but as you say, at least it might be "spring" (i.e. wet) snow!   ;D ;D

Lori
Calgary, Alberta, Canada - Zone 3
-30 C to +30 C (rarely!); elevation ~1130m; annual precipitation ~40 cm

cohan
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Lori, seeing your comment in the other thread made me check that forecast-- I'd also put 'heavy snowfall' in brackets- so far for Rocky it says 2-4cm tonight, 5-10cm tomorrow and 2 cm tomorrow night (and flurries tues and wed) so max 16cm so far-- not that heavy- though more than I'd prefer when it will mean a couple more hours of shovelling on work days  :( Red Deer shows a bit less, and we are between, so we'll see....

west central alberta, canada; just under 1000m; record temps:min -45C/-49F;max 34C/93F; http://picasaweb.google.ca/cactuscactus  http://urbanehillbillycanada.blogspot.com/

Hoy
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No snow in the forecast here and no freezing either ;) Although I like the snow when it is winter at least at our cabin, I dislike snow and cold nights when the spring has arrived!

Trond
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

cohan
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Hoy wrote:

No snow in the forecast here and no freezing either ;) Although I like the snow when it is winter at least at our cabin, I dislike snow and cold nights when the spring has arrived!

We have a strong likelihood of snow even in May, and the last couple of years, the last snowbanks in shade last through most of May, so to start being bothered by it so early would be a great waste of energy...lol
We've had another 15cm or so since last night, and still coming...

west central alberta, canada; just under 1000m; record temps:min -45C/-49F;max 34C/93F; http://picasaweb.google.ca/cactuscactus  http://urbanehillbillycanada.blogspot.com/

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