Centre for

Cities and Communities


Great places are built on great ideas, and great ideas come from great people.

Here at the Centre, we are creating better cities and communities through innovative research, impactful student experiences, and collaborative partnerships with academics, NGOs, government, and industry. Utilizing the expertise within the School of Business and directing it towards the city-building space, we strive to be a global leader in city-building research and education, recognized for creating great urban places for everyone. 

The world is searching for new ideas, but it requires visionaries, investors, knowledge-seekers and connectors to help create the places of tomorrow. That’s where you come in. The Centre for Cities and Communities (CCC) takes our accomplishments and our experiences — our fundamental foundation of learning — and uses this insight to set a new course for a more vibrant, more accepting, more responsible, more efficient, and more livable world for all of us. This is where the CCC was born. Of the idea that together we can create a better future.

Downtown Edmonton Street Retail Report 2023

This report presents an in-depth analysis of streetfront retail units within the downtown BIA, a snapshot of the state of streetfront retail vacancies and insights into the types of businesses that are thriving and those that are facing challenges.

Read The Report


The Centre knows that great places are built on new ideas. Those ideas will be focused on three areas to make the biggest impact.


For more information on how you can support the Centre for Cities and Communities, contact:

Heather Thomson
Centre Director
Email: hathomso@ualberta.ca
Phone: 780-716-7970