Originally Posted by drto
I hope we finally see an explosion of activity downtown with highrise residential and commercial towers of at least 20 floors with some as high as 40floors.
I completely agree, I think we are finally starting to be a important economic and political region (if you count all of Saskatchewan).
As for the U of S farm lands I can't exactly defend my point because I do agree with you, but I kind of like the extra lands and space around the university. They could do more maybe to beautify it perhaps, grow more trees around it, streetscape or something. (the farm animals can gtfo). Something about it makes the university feel less crowded and makes the U of S kind of unique. That's just the feeling I get.
I think that Saskatoon and Regina, especially Saskatoon are only recently being seen as places to do business or somewhere you can move to and be successful, back in 2006 when all of this started and up until 2008 during the crash we were doing quite well but so was everyone, we were overlooked because of our previous 40 years of growthlessness and small city sizes when development companies were deciding to erect buildings on the field of dreams premise. As a community or even as a province we didn't start getting real attention until after the crash in 2008 because everyone was doing poorly but we never did quite as bad, had a few slow months but it almost seemed like we were the last to be affected by the turmoil and one of the first to get out.
One of the problems for the office and condo tower development now is after 2009 everyone is far more careful with developing an area. Although we are a fast growing city and becoming an overall richer city, we are still relatively small to finance these big projects in an area known for liking sprawl. I honestly believe whats going to happen with downtown development is nothing, nothing is going to happen until the next building boom (hopefully sometime in the early 20's) at which time it is going to be realized that Saskatoon has a huge gap in the market and a real demand. We just gotta hope we can keep growing like we have been until that next boom and then we are made. Sit back and watch the skyline change before our eyes.
Sorry it was such a long post. Haven't posted in awhile and I guess I went a bit insane.