EINS is hiring a Summer Student Intern!

We at EINS need help this coming summer, and are looking for a current student enrolled in Urban Planning or a related field. If you are hard-working, creative and interested in contributing to land development projects of all scales in the Edmonton region, you may be just the person we need. Please review the detailed…
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Editors note: This blog post was written by Andrew Olsen, our newest hire at Eins. We are very excited to open up our blog space to employees and friends to explore and share topics that are important and interesting to them. Hope you enjoy Andrew’s first post. We are massive Oilers fans at Eins Consulting,…
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Caveats, Covenants, and the Impartial City

Like Violet Beauregarde after a delicious stick of Wonka’s blueberry pie bubblegum, Edmonton is ballooning at an insatiable rate. As the city marches towards a population of two million—forecasts show us nearly doubling to this mark within 20 years—we find ourselves repeatedly gobbling up more land on the outskirts, while paying little mind to the…
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Putting the Woo in Woonerfs

It’s a warm, sunny day and you’re out for a stroll.  In most areas of Edmonton, if you were to look down you would see shades of grey — the bland and uninviting hues of our typical roads, paths, and sidewalks. Light grey for sidewalks, where pedestrians stroll. Dark grey for roads, where automobiles reign.…
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Covid Thoughts on Education

The pandemic we all find ourselves in the throes of has given me some time to think about what our future looks like coming out of this experience. Firstly, my thoughts on our education system, and my thoughts on the future of how we design and plan for schools.


E-scooters have launched in Canada, with Bird and Lime releasing their e-scooters in Edmonton and Calgary a few weeks ago. These are a great addition to local transit systems, and help promote other modes of transit as well.

What I Wish I Learned in Planning School

It’s been nearly a decade since I’ve been working as a professional planner. With the academic year right around the corner, I felt it’s a good time to reflect on my education in the Master of City Planning program at the University of Manitoba, and identify a few things that I wish I knew coming…
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In 2015, Edmonton adopted the Vision Zero Strategy, aimed at reducing fatalities and serious injury from vehicular collisions in Edmonton. It received praise from Council and was supported unanimously, and I mean, why wouldn’t someone support that vision. In the years since, the City has implemented a series of interventions that follow the overall road…
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4 Strategies for Public Hearings

Not all of us are blessed with confidence when public speaking, but as planners it is a big part of our job. Over my career, I’ve had success at public hearings and in council using a small set of strategies. Here they are.

The Missing Middle – Plan View

The City of Edmonton is proposing changes to their zoning bylaw to solve the issue of housing affordability. The changes are intended to spur missing middle housing development, like row housing and low-rise apartments. But the reasons for the missing middle are beyond simply policy and process – some of the elements are completely out…
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