Boyle Street, among Edmonton’s oldest and most historic neighbourhoods, was named for John Boyle, an area lawyer and member of the city’s first Municipal Council. Also known to some residents as the Downtown East Side and Jasper-East, Boyle Street connects 95th Street NW with 92nd Street NW.
The original “downtown,” Boyle Street was a center of commercial activity when Edmonton became a city in 1892. The area saw extensive redevelopment following World War II. In the 1970’s, the housing boom triggered more redevelopment, adding about a third of the presently-standing buildings in the community
The vast majority of the homes in the Boyle Street area are occupied by renters. Eighty percent of the area’s dwellings are apartment-style dwellings, in a roughly equal split between low-rise and high-rise buildings. Rooming houses and collective residencies are also present. The population is highly mobile and relatively low-income at this time. Boyle Street is ethnically quite diverse, with a substantial Chinese community and many residents of North American Indian and Inuit descent.
The downtown core of Edmonton – as well as the communities of Little Italy and Chinatown — is within easy walking distance. The neighborhood area also features convenient access to Edmonton’s law courts and to the amenities of River Valley. Many of the historic buildings in Boyle Street are Edwardian in structure. The historic building known as the Gibson Block is a dramatic example of “flat iron,” or triangular design, circa 1902. The future of the Boyle Street neighbourhood holds potential, especially in light of the redevelopments at the south end of 95th Street.
- Norwood School(K-6)
- Spruce Avenue School(7-9)
- Victoria School(10-12)
- Panini’s Italian Cucina
- Emperor’s Palace Chinese Cuisine
- Liuyishou Hotpot
- Edmonton City Centre
- Italian Centre
Things to do:
- Louise McKinney Riverfront Park
- Art Gallery of Alberta
- Royal Alberta Museum