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Most Edmontonians either rent or own their home. Whether they live in an apartment, townhouse or single detached home, a building permit was filed with the City and the structure was built to the legislated standards of the time.

However, this was not always the case. For over 100 years people in Edmonton have bucked the ordinary, and have lived in tents, shacks, old mines, and homes they built themselves on private or public land. There have been many such communities in Edmonton over the years. These are some of their stories.

Edmonton's Hidden Communities: Settling in Edmonton - When Edmonton was incorporated as a town in 1892 Matthew McCauley became the first Mayor. Some of the first bylaws passed related to buildings designed to protect public health and against fire.
Edmonton's Hidden Communities: Early Tent Communities - By 1907 a survey conducted by the Edmonton Bulletin showed that there were 1,098 tents in Edmonton, sheltering 3,294 people.
Edmonton's Hidden Communities: Living at the Grierson Dump - The Grierson Dump was located on the north bank of the river valley east of the Hotel Macdonald, roughly where the Shaw Conference Centre and Louise McKinney Park are today.
Edmonton's Hidden Communities: 142 St and Stony Plain Rd - Around the same time the City was struggling to deal with the community at the Grierson Dump, another community had developed along 142 St and approximately 300 yards north of Stony Plain Road.
Edmonton's Hidden Communties: The Dogpatch - ‘Dogpatch’ was a community in Riverdale east of 92 Street and south of 100 Avenue. In the 1890s and early 1900s Riverdale was an inexpensive place for new immigrants to live, and D. R. Fraser’s lumber mill and
Edmonton's Hidden Communities: Ross Acreage - The former community of Ross Acreage in Cloverdale is similar to the Dutch Settlement. Both communities developed as a result of the early industrial development in the area.

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