Dechene is a roughly triangle shaped residential neighbourhood in west Edmonton. According to the city of Edmonton map utility, "the neighbourhood is named after Joseph M. Dechene, the father of Judge Andre M. Dechene." The area was annexed by Edmonton in 1972 as it expanded it boundaries.
According to the 2001 federal census, residential development of the neighbourhood began during the 1980s when six out of ten of the residences were built. Another one in three were built during the 1990s when work was completed. Although the expansion of Dechene to the south continues with plans to extend both the residential and commercial parts of the neighbourhood.
The most common type of residence in the neighbourhood, according to the 2005 municipal census, is the single family dwelling. These account for nine out of every ten of all the residences in the neighbourhood. The remaining one in ten are duplexes. Substantially all of the residences are owner occupied, with an extremely low proportion of the properties let out to tenants. There are two schools in the neighbourhood.
The Good Shepherd Catholic Elementary School is operated by the Edmonton Catholic School System while the S. Bruce Smith Junior High School is operated by the Edmonton Public School System. The neighbourhood is bounded on the north by Callingwood Road, on the east and south east by 178 Street and Lessard Road, and on the west by 184 Street. Residents have access to West Edmonton Mall to the north along 178 Street. This is one of the largest Malls in Canada. No wonder Edmonton is known at the shopping capital of North America.
The development of Dechene is ongoing. The land is regularly reviewed for the suitable use of the area. Single row houses are planned as an extension to the existing sngle family dwellings towards the south. There is a need for extending the family dwellings in this area. Also, further convenenince commercial sites are required which would serve not only the local people of Dechene, but also potential visitors and tourists and from neighbouring parts of Edmonton.
These will include further medical facilities, schools and shops and services. Dechene is a thriving and growing part of Edmonton with an eye on its future as a viable and vital commercial centre and a desirable family dwelling location. It central location affords it excellent access to nearby centres of academia and commerce. It is within commuting distance of Alberta University and of Edmonton Mall.