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Old Posted Jun 14, 2019, 8:27 PM
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Not to keep posting, but there was an ignored post a few days ago about the UofS School of Architecture and how that was going. Well, it could be going a lot better and influencing our conversation at minimum and our skyline ideally. Would've been my first choice as a young boy. Over and out.
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Old Posted Jun 14, 2019, 9:05 PM
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Not to keep posting, but there was an ignored post a few days ago about the UofS School of Architecture and how that was going. Well, it could be going a lot better and influencing our conversation at minimum and our skyline ideally. Would've been my first choice as a young boy. Over and out.
Fully agree that a local focus on architecture may improve what we see getting constructed in Saskatoon. Unfortunately, not much good news on the School of Architecture and Visual Arts (SAVA) front.

The 2018 Annual Report from the Saskatchewan Association of Architects (SAA) reports that the SAVA initiative has been postponed by the U of S. While the U of S states that it remains a high priority, there is no immediate action and the priority of SAVA in the University's plans for program development is unclear. The SAA will continue to push for a School of Architecture in Saskatchewan, whether with the U of S or along a differenct avenue.
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Old Posted Jun 14, 2019, 10:06 PM
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I debated waiting 5+ years ago for 3 years for the Saskatoon architecture program to get started. Ended up going to MJ Siast for architecture instead.

Still seems like a good thing me not waiting for U of S to get it going
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Old Posted Jun 17, 2019, 8:24 AM
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So, city_rep, are you working in your field in Regina? Good luck! (Seriously, all the best. I'd love to be in city planning, but I feel I might be disappointed.)

I think then, (as it's obviously on the backburner), the only way to get the School of Architecture going at the UofS is for some wonderful patron to step up and make a specific donation to kickstart the process. Anyone got an extra $10mil lying around you want to donate, with the added bonus of lowering your personal taxes and maybe naming rights to the computer lab? Or $50mil to get the: "Crisis School of Architecture at the UofS" name engraved on the old John Deere Bldg? (Very fitting for the state of architecture here;>)

Okay, it's true, things are on the upswing... but Crisis, if you've got an extra $50mil and want to lower your taxes and leave a positive mark, this could be your chance...or who else has a cool name here?:>)

At the moment I think I can afford to donate $250 and get some Ricopedra drafting pencils in those creative hands...What do you mean they don't use pencils anymore?!>(

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Old Posted Jun 17, 2019, 3:11 PM
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From the history of Saskatoon wiki page:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Saskatoon

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The phenomenal retail sector increase, new neighborhoods and communities place a demand upon the city to provide additional firehalls, transit buses, police headquarters, libraries, water plants, electrical power plants, bridges, interchanges and roadways. Brookside, Rosewood, Stonebridge, The Willows, Willowgrove, University Heights Suburban Centre, Hampton Village, Hudson Bay Industrial, Marquis Industrial, Blairmore Suburban Centre, and another 10 unnamed proposed neighborhoods are being developed or are currently under construction.[12]
We have a gauntlet of builders funneling in families, expanding the burbs simply because it's cheaper and there's nothing stopping them. Everyone is led to believe they need a bigger and bigger house and the city literally paves the way. So why change the colour of a cash cow and how things are done? Why offer a more urban lifestyle to make life simpler?

Well, finally it seems like a few young kids are pushing for less is more. You're starting to hear from the young ones that we've got to save the planet. Consume less and save more. But if these kids are talking from a 2800sqft 'burb home for 4, which some are, they're in for a rude awakening:>) Check.

The North Downtown is full of plots of land that could provide a way better lifestyle than living 15km away from the core. Density is scary to those on the prairies but it shouldn't be. The first folks here huddled together for many reasons, most of all convenience and security...and quick interaction. Just take the point, being you should be able to walk out of your house and find a store within 5 minutes, buy your basic conveniences and make it home safely.

Obviously a lot of people don't want this, but it should be a template for city living. Our North American cores have been becoming far more dense since the turn of the century and hopefully Saskatoon continues to catch up.

Finally to my point: From 1966 to '68, Saskatoon got its first 3 highrise apartments - a total of 64 storeys in 3 years - with the building of the Marquis (21), Carlton (21) and Milroy (22) Apartment towers, when the city had a population of about 120,000. 5th Avenue, Saskatoon. What a boom! No reason that can't continue.
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Old Posted Jun 17, 2019, 7:06 PM
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This is about the Kinsmen, who've been supporting Saskatoon folks since the 1920's. If any of you have bought a Hospital Home Lotto ticket but pass on these guys because the prize is a tiny bit less, you should think about it. Just look at their grand prize now: A fantastic infill home in the university area!

They didn't sell out before their earlybird, but they should have! All these folks talkin' 'bout the environment, and right here at home all you want is the biggest house away from everyone else.

Well, these guys are trying to make Saskatoon a better place. Please support them! You won't lose a dollar, but you might gain a home! Buy a ticket, and...Cheers!

Full disclosure: I'm acting on my own and this is not an ad. This is passion and support for the good folks of Saskatoon. These guys didn't go to the 'burbs! C'mon, man! Support them!

So enough from me, then. I'll resurface next spring:>)

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Old Posted Jun 18, 2019, 10:54 PM
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Old Posted Jun 19, 2019, 4:00 PM
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Well, good for them! Broadway needs more folks living there. While they're at it, there's a development from Winnipeg that Baydo might want to consider for 25th and 5th downtown. The architect will talk to an interested developer. I think this 2-tower design could be modified to fit the lot with the taller tower on 25th St. I'm not sure about those external wall-partitions or whatever they are, though. Anyway, kinda European, and not old Eastern.

http://www.stridedevelopment.ca/featured.html
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Old Posted Jun 21, 2019, 12:08 AM
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While I was among the first to criticize the design of Baydo's 25th street rendering and would say the tower portion of 880 Broadway is OK at best, we shouldn't be too critical of Baydo. While we might like to see more attractive designs, one should focus on the fact that Baydo is spending the money to build these projects.

It's easy to criticize how other people spend their money. Things take a different perspective when it's your money getting spent. One can say "well, it would only cost another 4% to make it prettier", but when you only have a 7% return, that 4% is pretty damned important

I get what you’re saying... but we deserve better, we need to demand better. We won’t get anywhere if we are just thankful that someone is spending/building here.

Look what toronto is rejecting (that waterfront google/alphabet city digital city concept) in the name of something that is “better” for them. Whatever better means for them.

https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.the...ivacy-concerns
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I get what you’re saying... but we deserve better, we need to demand better. We won’t get anywhere if we are just thankful that someone is spending/building here.

Look what toronto is rejecting (that waterfront google/alphabet city digital city concept) in the name of something that is “better” for them. Whatever better means for them.

https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.the...ivacy-concerns

The Baydo project on Broadway is mediocre (at best) but it's still a net gain because it will help to animate the neighbourhood.

The proposed project on 21st street, however, is both large and aggressively ugly. An actual blight on the urban environment. Net loss.
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Board approves potential sites for new downtown Saskatoon library

Sites have been shortlisted for new central location. A business plan is expected in the fall.

PHIL TANK, SASKATOON STARPHOENIX
June 20, 2019

The decades-long search for a location for a new downtown library has narrowed.

The Saskatoon Public Library board has approved a short list of possible sites for a replacement for the 53-year-old France Morrison Central Library on 23rd Street.

Carol Cooley, the director of the Saskatoon Public Library, said in an emailed response on Thursday that any information on the sites will be withheld until a decision is made.

Cooley cited the “commercial sensitivity of site selection” as the reason for the confidentiality.

“(The Saskatoon Public Library) worked collaboratively with the City of Saskatoon to determine potential downtown locations for a new central library,” Cooley said.

Some of the factors she said were considered include site size, accessibility for a variety of transportation modes, cost and “potential economic and social benefit.”

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Old Posted Jun 21, 2019, 9:14 PM
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Board approves potential sites for new downtown Saskatoon library

Sites have been shortlisted for new central location. A business plan is expected in the fall.

PHIL TANK, SASKATOON STARPHOENIX
June 20, 2019

The decades-long search for a location for a new downtown library has narrowed.

The Saskatoon Public Library board has approved a short list of possible sites for a replacement for the 53-year-old France Morrison Central Library on 23rd Street.

Carol Cooley, the director of the Saskatoon Public Library, said in an emailed response on Thursday that any information on the sites will be withheld until a decision is made.

Cooley cited the “commercial sensitivity of site selection” as the reason for the confidentiality.

“(The Saskatoon Public Library) worked collaboratively with the City of Saskatoon to determine potential downtown locations for a new central library,” Cooley said.

Some of the factors she said were considered include site size, accessibility for a variety of transportation modes, cost and “potential economic and social benefit.”

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Read more:
https://thestarphoenix.com/news/loca...katoon-library
I would actually like to see the library rebuilt in its current location - in conjunction with a general revitalization of the City Hall area. There could be a linear park on 23rd street (as proposed in the City Centre Plan? ) and the former United Church could be renovated as a concert venue.
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Old Posted Jun 23, 2019, 1:41 PM
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I would actually like to see the library rebuilt in its current location - in conjunction with a general revitalization of the City Hall area. There could be a linear park on 23rd street (as proposed in the City Centre Plan? ) and the former United Church could be renovated as a concert venue.
That would be great! Not sure there would be great support for it at the moment, but City hall must be due for a significant renovation? Imagine what they could do with all that land in the center of downtown.
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Old Posted Jun 24, 2019, 12:02 AM
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Some unconfirmed news about midtown mall - SEPHORA is moving into where Shoppers is into a much larger space. Shoppers will be moving into the Sears with a much larger location and a outward facing entrance. H&M is also supposedly confirmed. MEC wants to start construction end of July so midtown has been going hard on getting the Food Court complete by end of July.
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Old Posted Jun 24, 2019, 8:01 AM
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On City Hall expansion, the last addition they made (North side, eons ago) was built with expansion in mind. They can add at least two floors on top. Still, a very under-utilized block of land. Are they spread out across downtown, paying rent? Maybe no sitting council has wanted to put forth the funding bill? I'm full of speculation, but luckily often on the money!:>) (okay Wyku...lease)

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On City Hall expansion, the last addition they made (North side, eons ago) was built with expansion in mind. They can add at least two floors on top. Still, a very under-utilized block of land. Are they spread out across downtown, paying rent? Maybe no sitting council has wanted to put forth the funding bill? I'm full of speculation, but luckily often on the money!:>)
They're making use of some of the floors across the street in the old Canada Post building for sure, could be other locations as well? I believe the city owns that building now though so they shouldn't be paying "rent" at least.
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Old Posted Jun 24, 2019, 5:59 PM
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That's some high rent for a 'meh' place. If they think they can get that then good on them.
Yes: I have a friend who rented an AMAZING loft penthouse for 2,100 a month. That's worth it -- only just! -- but getting 2,200 for less than a thousand sq ft 2 bedroom is unlikely.

I think they're assuming that Saskatoon rents are 'undervalued' by some metric -- but the vacancy rate is still around 10%.
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On City Hall expansion, the last addition they made (North side, eons ago) was built with expansion in mind. They can add at least two floors on top. Still, a very under-utilized block of land. Are they spread out across downtown, paying rent? Maybe no sitting council has wanted to put forth the funding bill? I'm full of speculation, but luckily often on the money!:>) (okay Wyku...lease)
I wasn't so much thinking of renovating/expanding City Hall - more of revitalizing the civic square and the broader precinct. There is potential there but right now it's a bit of a dead zone.
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Any guesses on which sites the library eyes have fallen upon? The estimated 80mil cost could build a purdy nice place, especially with the extra 20mil over budget they'll go. Doh!

We should all google the downtown core, speculate and draw up our own list of sites, then vote on it. The winner gets...an Irish coffee float at a downtown pub? A big gulp at a dt 7-11? Who knows? Just farting around, as usual. Cheers!

Where do you think the new central library will be built?
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