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Old Posted Mar 5, 2011, 10:53 PM
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Is there any reason why Regina doesnt have the sound retention walls like Saskatoon?
Cost. Also, there is more room from the RRd's edge to homes, hence the berms as another mentioned. I suppose if the Ring Road was very much closer like parts of Circle in Saskatoon, there would be more demand from the public for them.
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Those walls are the ugliest things ever. I hate them. But then, I might feel differently if I was personally affected by the noise.

Anyway, much of the Ring Road was designed with berms that are supposed to cut the sound somewhat.
They're better than looking at [some] peoples junky backyards or deteriorating fences. I appreciate the uniformity - it's much neater.

They greatest opposition to the sound attenuation walls here in Saskatoon, were people complaining that the sun would 'set' sooner in their backyards. Other than that, the response has been pretty positive.
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I know this might be a dumb question but what are berms ?
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I know this might be a dumb question but what are berms ?
Essentially hills used to hide undesirables from view (e.g. parking lots, roads).
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Essentially hills used to hide undesirables from view (e.g. parking lots, roads).
And sometimes used for sound attenuation - i.e. between expressways and residential streets...
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Here are some of my favourite Regina skyline shots that I've taken over the past couple years.









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Really nice shots of Regina Migs. Went shooting two nights ago. Once I get internet at home i'm going to start posting.
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Old Posted Jun 24, 2011, 3:00 PM
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i have to jump in on this regina-saskatoon comparison.

i spent 8 years in regina before relocating to saskatoon. in that time i lived in the general hospital and transition areas, the warehouse district, and above the crushed grape in cathedral. as a pedestrian/biker/explorer i know the core neighbourhoods like the back of my hand, including most of north central.
when i lived there i thought that saskatoon was basically the same as regina, only dissected by a river. it was a nice place to go for the weekend but really not that different from the queen city. when i moved here in 2008 i quickly learned that i could not have been further from the truth!

i love regina's density and much of its architecture. it has a unique and gritty prairie-style urbanity that you won't find in saskatoon, which, for the most part, has a far more towny vibe to it. this is emphasized by its lower density, wide avenues, and largely lower-built downtown.

the comparison of nutana to cathedral is understandable since cathedral would be regina's closest equivalent, though that's not saying much. in just a few blocks, broadway avenue alone has several times the number of bars/restaurants, clothing stores, coffee shops, specialty stores, and grocers that you would find on 13th ave, not to mention its side streets. there really is no comparison at all: nutana is diverse and dynamic, cathedral is quaint and quiet. don't get me wrong, cathedral's a beautiful neighbourhood, and it is much denser...though nutana adopted the first official prairie city plan in the garden-city style, again incorporating those broad avenues with planted boulevards that now add to saskatoon's prevalent "natural" beauty.

this leads me to the parks comparison. wascana centre IS amazing, no doubt about it. it's easily one of the best examples of 20th century urban park design in canada (if not north america)...especially considering that it was essentially built on a swamp. i've spent countless hours within it and on the trails that connect it to the rest of the city.
that said, and even though i've only lived in saskatoon for 3 years, i've probably already spent more time in the meewasin valley. it is ABSOLUTELY STUNNING, no matter where you are. if we're talking about one particular park, perhaps wascana has the edge. but if we're talking about a park system there is again little comparison. meewasin integrates most of the city's old neighbourhoods, river landing and the downtown core, the university and beyond. with over 60km of uninterrupted trails, 7 (soon 8) bridges, and its numerous parks (each with its own distinct feel and function, as the various festivals in each will attest), i think it far exceeds the reach of wascana,
regina's victoria park has a very unique place in the heart of downtown that you'd be hard-pressed to match in saskatoon. saskatoon's kiwanis maybe does more as a festival site, but less as a bustling city-centre green space (at least during the workday - is vic park still called "victim park" for its nighttime activities?)

i think the biggest difference between the two is their quality of street life. saskatoon has an enviable level for any city of its size (not to say it couldn't be improved), while regina still has a loooooong way to go. i don't have any stats to back this up, but i would imagine that saskatoon's civic involvement/pride far exceeds that of regina. whether for slut-walk, gay pride, or the unveiling of a new bike corridor, people in saskatoon come out in droves.
i would also suspect that saskatoon is a younger city, and that the people here are more fitness-oriented regardless of age. i think this translates to overall street-life as people are generally out and about to see and be seen. the level of urban design detail is also much higher here, differentiating the sense of place from one area to the next.
and then there's the view factor. unless you're in/on a building or on the hill in douglas park you won't see much of regina (from within the city centre at least, though the view coming north on wascana pkway is memorable), while saskatoon nicely frames its varied panorama from any number of places in town. i guess the exact opposite is true when looking at each city from its surroundings. this key topographical difference is one of the main reasons i like each for what they are.

if i could summarize each place with just one quality i would say that regina is hard while saskatoon is soft.
in the end i prefer saskatoon, but i'll defend regina to the end against anyone who talks it down...especially if they've never lived there.
i think saskatchewan is fortunate to have two distinct urban centres, and i'm incredibly excited to see what the future holds for both of them.

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Old Posted Jun 24, 2011, 3:25 PM
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but back to skylines...

i posted these in the canada under 500k thread but thought they'd also go well here:































(from my acct http://www.flickr.com/photos/62627421@N07/)

i really should dig through my old files for the regina collection. that skyline is way more photogenic, as Migs has clearly demonstrated
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The best attempt I've seen to do Saskatoon's tricky skyline justice.
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thanks, Echoes.
i should really re-do them now that things are green
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i have to jump in on this regina-saskatoon comparison.

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this leads me to the parks comparison. wascana centre IS amazing, no doubt about it. it's easily one of the best examples of 20th century urban park design in canada (if not north america)...especially considering that it was essentially built on a swamp. i've spent countless hours within it and on the trails that connect it to the rest of the city.
that said, and even though i've only lived in saskatoon for 3 years, i've probably already spent more time in the meewasin valley. it is ABSOLUTELY STUNNING, no matter where you are. if we're talking about one particular park, perhaps wascana has the edge. but if we're talking about a park system there is again little comparison. meewasin integrates most of the city's old neighbourhoods, river landing and the downtown core, the university and beyond. with over 60km of trails, 7 (soon 8) bridges, and its numerous parks (each with its own distinct feel and function, as the various festivals in each will attest), i think it far exceeds the reach of wascana,
regina's victoria park has a very unique place in the heart of downtown that you'd be hard-pressed to match in saskatoon. kiwanis maybe does more as a festival site, but less as a bustling city-centre green space (at least during the workday - is vic park still called "victim park" for its nighttime activities?)

i think the biggest difference between the two is their quality of street life. saskatoon has an enviable level for any city of its size (not to say it couldn't be improved), while regina still has a loooooong way to go. i don't have any stats to back this up, but i would imagine that saskatoon's civic involvement/pride far exceeds that of regina. whether for slut-walk, gay pride, or the unveiling of a new bike corridor, people in saskatoon come out in droves to make themselves heard.
i would also suspect that saskatoon is a younger city, and that the people here are more fitness-oriented regardless of age. i think this translates to overall street-life, as people are generally out and about to see and be seen. the level of urban design detail is also much higher here, which adds to the varied sense of place from one neighbourhood to the next.
and then there's the view factor. unless you're in a building or on the hill in douglas park you won't see much of regina (from within the city centre at least, though the view coming north on wascana pkway is memorable), while saskatoon nicely frames its varied panorama from any number of places in town. i guess the exact opposite is true when looking at each city from its surroundings. this topographical difference is one of the main reasons i like each for what they are.

if i could summarize each place with just one quality i would say that regina is hard while saskatoon is soft.
in the end i prefer saskatoon, but i'll defend regina to the end against anyone who talks it down...especially if they've never lived there.
i think saskatchewan is fortunate to have two distinct urban centres, and i'm incredibly excited to see what the future holds for both of them.


Nice panos and nice post!

What types of trails does Wascana Park/Creek have? Anything technical like the single track trails along the River? I practically live in the Valley all summer
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I Actually don't know how to make the photo's work properly but if you open new tab it will show it.
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Nice panos and nice post!

What types of trails does Wascana Park/Creek have? Anything technical like the single track trails along the River? I practically live in the Valley all summer
wascana centre has a well-maintained formal trail system that links most of the city's institutional elements. this system then branches off to the southeast (interrupted for a bit along assiniboine ave) before leading you out towards the wascana country club or up into the east-side suburban neighbourhoods. you can also head to the northwest part of town from a link at the south corner of the albert street bridge (though there's unfortunately no traffic-free way to reach this path on the west side of albert). this takes you along the creek through kiwanis waterfall park, under lewvan, past the airport and rcmp barracks and up into the northwest.
these extensions are a mostly paved and flat venture into the arid southern prairie landscape, which is beautiful in its own right. there's not much in terms of challenge or canopied "escape" from the city, aside from a bit of a woodlot near the douglas park sports field. this is also the only place you'd find a few more technical challenges (at least in town). there are also some walking trails through the fenced off nature preserve area but you obviously can't bike them. there's really nothing that compares to the multi-leveled and forested eastbank of meewasin.

the valley is also my summer home...we've probably crossed paths before

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Interesting set. The river rises beautifully from afar. bleh, those utility poles need to go asap
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