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Little Yellow House

Finding Community in a Changing Neighbourhood

Carissa Halton

Urban Studies, Creative Nonfiction

Available October 2018
ISBN: 9781772123753
Pages: 208 Size: 6x9

"Ma’am, you sound like a very reasonable person. Can I advise you to just move?"

A young family moves into a neighborhood with a reputation for crime. As they make their home in one of the oldest parts of the city, Carissa Halton reflects on the changing view from her little yellow house. While others nervously examine the less-than-stellar reputation of her surroundings, she heads out to meet her neighbors, and through them discovers the innate beauty in her community. Halton invites us to meet a cast of diverse characters amongst her neighbors in Edmonton’s Alberta Avenue, including cat rescuers, tragic teens, art evangelists, and crime fighters, whose walks of life, though very different from her own, have led to them being the people in her neighborhood. Threaded through this collection of essays are questions about the social and economic forces that shape and reshape our cities.

Gutteridge Books Series.

Carissa Halton writes from and lives with her family in an urban neighborhood in Edmonton. People often ask, "Why do you live there?" Her answer was to write a book.