Community pushes back against demolition of UAlberta’s historic Ring Houses

February 23, 2021
The University of Alberta community is continuing discussion about the planned demolition of UAlberta’s historic Ring Houses. In a piece published by the Edmonton Journal, Marlena Wyman discusses how, even though there are costs to keeping houses, there are also social and historical costs to demolishing them. “Our built heritage is a tangible representation of our cultural heritage. The U of A, the province’s first university, should value its importance of place in history,” writes Wyman. Another Edmonton Journal article tells the stories of people who lived in the homes while emphasizing their significance to the community. “I ask the university administration to recognize the DNA embedded in these homes and restore them,” writes Ellen Schoeck. Edmonton Journal (1) | Edmonton Journal (2) (AB)