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My idea would be for every -000 people that move within the city, develop another new SDA on the outside simultaneously. You could call it somewhat of a strategical trade off, and it would still be win-win for the city while in the meantime increasing density/population using those numbers to the city's advantage.
So, for every one thousand people that move into infill developments, the city should start a new SDA that can hold anywhere from 5-10 thousand people. Isn't that a little lobsided?
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A few photos from this morning


^^ South Bridge


^^ Pedestrian walkway under the South Bridge


^^ Window panels going in at River Centre
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^ the glass on River Centre is looking good so far!
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So, for every one thousand people that move into infill developments, the city should start a new SDA that can hold anywhere from 5-10 thousand people. Isn't that a little lobsided?
-000 = anything up to 9,999 lol...but yes, 5-10K people within the city would be ideal and should at least warrant a few more developments on the outer limits rather than just sporadically developing endless suburbia just because there's land available. What would be real lopsided, would be more living on the city's fringe rather than within
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Here's a few kewl panoramas this guy took as well...hopefully he's around to take even more in 5-10 years

http://www.panoramio.com/user/31790?...to_id=59419812
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Ya, I realized after I posted that you meant a few thousand rather then one. I agree development should be balanced between densification and expansion. Ideally I would like to see 70/30 to 60/40 ratio in terms of infill versus sprawl but... I'm not gonna hold my breath.
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2011 census data has been out for about a week now. apologies if you've already seen this:
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Rural Growth

This certainly shows which RM.s encourage growth around the city.
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Hudson's

So Hudson's sent out a bunch of "coupons" for their dry run this Wednesday and Thursday to corporate operations in and around Saskatoon inviting them to this "preview" night. When they didn't get the response from the coupons they were looking for, they gave them out to their staff last weekend to distribute to friends and family. When I phoned this morning, Chad Murphy, the GM of the Saskatoon location said it was unfortunate, but that they were all booked up and couldn't take one more person!
It's so nice to get invited to a party, then when you call to confirm, they tell you that you're no longer invited. Classy move!!
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BHP's Jansen Project to be slowed?

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South Bridge

Big lift has started today for the next set of steel griders. Lots sitting waiting on the fill. Probably trying to get as many on site as possible before spring road bans take effect. Great view now from the east side.
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More progress on Hudson's Canadian Taphouse:



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(My hunch on the plywood: Future sliding doors for summer patio on Fourth Avenue )

Source of images: http://hudsonstaphouse.com/construction-february-7/
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One thing I have noticed since moving to Saskatoon is the over-abundance of vinyl siding used in new home construction. Are my girlfriend and I the only ones that find this ugly and making the neighbourhoods look cheap? I don't want to offend anyone, but coming from Regina, it seems like a HUGE difference. There doesn't seem to be nearly as much vinyl siding in the Queen City. There are some pockets of houses in the newer areas in Regina that have some of the more economical houses but in Saskatoon they seem to be more spread out and higher in quantity compared to houses using stucco/brick/stone. I know the prices of houses in Saskatoon have been more than Regina for some time, so are more people making up for that difference with cheaper exteriors?
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^ That's quite interesting. I always assumed that new housing stock would be more or less identical between S'toon and Regina in terms of design, materials. Perhaps it can be attributed to the higher cost of housing here as you suggest? I don't know.

Regardless, I agree with you that it makes things look cheap. Then again, I don't find suburbs anywhere to have many redeeming qualities.
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What's also interesting, at least in the context of Regina, those that have to tried to adopt a more traditional housing form (e.g. doors, windows, porches, stoops, no gage on the front facade) are all vinyl (and not stucco or any other higher quality material).
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I don't know much about building, so I will ask what might be a very naive question. Is stucco considered a higher quality material?

It seems to me that a lot of low-end housing uses stucco and as noted by the original poster, while on some of the higher end houses use siding. Personally, I find stucco and vinyl siding about equally ugly for the most part, although I have on rare occassions seen stucco I like and I have yet to see vinyl siding that I liked. Bring back bricks,stone and wood!!! ( I know, it costs a fortune)
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I don't know much about building, so I will ask what might be a very naive question. Is stucco considered a higher quality material?

It seems to me that a lot of low-end housing uses stucco and as noted by the original poster, while on some of the higher end houses use siding. Personally, I find stucco and vinyl siding about equally ugly for the most part, although I have on rare occassions seen stucco I like and I have yet to see vinyl siding that I liked. Bring back bricks,stone and wood!!! ( I know, it costs a fortune)
I was told stucco adds about $7000 to the price of a house by one representative at a show home in Warman this past weekend. To me, vinyl siding = plastic/fake, while stucco is more of a natural look although neither compares to brick, which I love. Maybe its just personal preference, I don't know. Maybe the overwhelming horizontal lines are distracting to me? I can't put a pin on it.
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Old Posted Feb 14, 2012, 5:13 PM
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What's also interesting, at least in the context of Regina, those that have to tried to adopt a more traditional housing form (e.g. doors, windows, porches, stoops, no gage on the front facade) are all vinyl (and not stucco or any other higher quality material).
I have noticed that. And its funny, because I don't think those are all that ugly. But there is just something about bungalows and two-stories with a 2 or 3 car garage on it that has vinyl siding that doesn't make much sense to me. You are already spending $350,000+ for a house, why not upgrade to some stucco with stone accents.

Now that I think of it, most Regina home builders I am pretty sure have stucco as the default exterior while some of the home builders we saw in Saskatoon have vinyl siding as the default.
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I have noticed that. And its funny, because I don't think those are all that ugly. But there is just something about bungalows and two-stories with a 2 or 3 car garage on it that has vinyl siding that doesn't make much sense to me. You are already spending $350,000+ for a house, why not upgrade to some stucco with stone accents.

Now that I think of it, most Regina home builders I am pretty sure have stucco as the default exterior while some of the home builders we saw in Saskatoon have vinyl siding as the default.
I'm with you - I hate vinyl siding. When we were in our old house, we restored our cedar siding while all the neighbours put ugly plastic on theirs.

In certain neighbourhoods, such as Stonebridge (where I now live), the main developer sets design guidelines for each street. In Stonebridge, you are either on a stucco street or a vinyl street (thankfully, our house is stucco). In Willowgrove, however, the guidelines don't appear to be as strict, and you have a mix of sidings on each street (I believe the City developed that neighbourhood themselves).

I think Stonebridge is relatively even (some condos and houses even have Hardy board exteriors), and from what I've seen from the new houses in Rosewood, most are stucco. To me, stucco looks so much better, especially with stone facades incorporated into the siding. Expensive stone and vinyl together looks silly, IMO.
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I recall hearing that there were restrictions in place in certain new neighbourhoods (i.e. Willowgrove) that required you NOT to use vinyl siding, where as others didn't have that requirement (i.e. Hampton Village). Not sure if that's the case or not though.
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