Originally Posted by neoen
Thank goodness, knock it down. I had an eye-opening chat with a co-worker recently when we got talking about the buildings getting renovations, and how it would be nice if Saskatoon looked different. Guess what..it isnt going to happen with just renovations.
My ideal world would be to see this building knocked down and rebuilt with modern designs. I went as far as saying 'if it has brown brick.....goodbye'. lol, how many people does that tick off? Just imagine what downtown would look like if you took every building that has been modified/renovated, and a new building built instead (even just a discovery plaza or river center).
Don't make the mistake that Calgary did back in the 60s and 70s, many of which are still regretted to this day. When the boom times came there was an obsession for the city to look 'new and modern', and some of those decisions locked in 40+ years of a lifeless downtown which has only been starting to improve the past 5 years and entire blocks cleared of the 'old' that once that first frantic boom subsided are still vacant to this day. The best cities are those full of shiny new buildings, but also well taken care of reminders of where the city has come from. If older buildings must be removed, make sure what replaces them will bring equal or more life to the area, and/or equal or greater quality of architecture, or you're damaging your city.