Originally Posted by North_Regina_Boy
You know, this may end up being a white elephant, and may be thought of as "un-needed" by many in this city, but it will definatly have a MASSIVE impact to a better look for downtown overall. As the west side of Idylwyle bridge gets developed it will be a great entrance into the city! Looking forward to seeing it finished!
Exactly. Also, Saskatoon seems to have a relatively large arts community so I'm sure it will get lots of use. But it's kind of similar to the old saying "You have to spend money to make money"... but the difference here is "you have to spend money to grow into your potential"
Calgary spent $25 million on a pedestrian bridge. Many saw and still do see it as a white elephant, but anyone who has been on and experienced how cool it is knows that it is a great addition to the city, and that fact that it has won architectural awards across the world displays Calgary's growth into a major metropolis.
Same can be said for Winnipeg's CMHR. It is exhorbitantly expensive and many have and still do see it as a white elephant. But when people see it in photos, and when people come into the downtown and see that magnificent structure, people are going to say "Wow, holy shit that is nice. This city is pretty sweet!"
... just like people driving over the Idylwyle Bridge, people will see this and think "Wow that's nice. Never thought I'd see this in a Prairie town. Wonder what it is?" It will create interest for people in that whole area of downtown.