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Old Posted Sep 9, 2011, 5:40 PM
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Ens Toyota - New Home

Ens Toyota is moving to the Auto Mall by the summer of 2012.
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Some excellent photos, Echoes. Thanks for taking the time to post them. I haven't had an opportunity to make it on to campus for the longest time, so it's nice to be able to see, via your photos, the university's physical transformation continue at such a brisk pace.
You're welcome. I hadn't made it on to campus for a while myself, so it was nice to see the changes first hand.
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Old Posted Sep 9, 2011, 7:22 PM
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The corner space on the main floor of the KG has been leased.... previously home to that "abby's", and the temporary SaskTel Store.

Hopefully it's something good and it sticks around.
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Digital arts group pulls out of bid

By David Hutton, The StarPhoenix
September 9, 2011


The group backing a digital arts centre for the Mendel Art Gallery building has pulled out of the running to occupy the space, leaving only the children’s museum bidding.

The organizers behind the Frederick Mendel Digital Arts Centre of Excellence said Friday after a summer of consideration, the city’s concept for the building and the Kinsmen Park area doesn’t fit its plans.

“We still want our project to go forward in some form,” said Anand Ramayya, owner of Karma Film, a Saskatoon-based production company involved in the bid. [...]

Read more: http://www.thestarphoenix.com/travel...059/story.html
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Starbucks

So I asked at the Starbucks on 8th yesterday (Winners/Staples parking lot) to see if they were relocating or really adding another store front that close to the other. The young woman said they were keeping both as the current one is good for drive through, while the other will be a great space to go and sit. No open date yet, but it is going into the Louis the 8th mall. The sign indicating its arrival is up already.
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Ens Toyota is moving to the Auto Mall by the summer of 2012.
As businesses move off Circle North the land should be aquired by the city to ensure that no new businesses are built here and in time allow Circle north to become a freeway once again!

Damn I hate driving on that stretch of road, can't wait for South Bridge to be done!
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As businesses move off Circle North the land should be aquired by the city to ensure that no new businesses are built here and in time allow Circle north to become a freeway once again!

Damn I hate driving on that stretch of road, can't wait for South Bridge to be done!
Agreed.

Although the chance of that ever happening is slim... it would be incredibly nice to have an actual freeway...

That'd make Saskatoon much easier to drive through.
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As businesses move off Circle North the land should be aquired by the city to ensure that no new businesses are built here and in time allow Circle north to become a freeway once again!

Damn I hate driving on that stretch of road, can't wait for South Bridge to be done!
The cost of converting 42nd street to freeway would be measured in the billions! What would be done with all the cross streets? The number of overpasses would be huge.

Probably cheaper in the long run to tunnel from Avenue C to Warman Road. How cool would that be!
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The cost of converting 42nd street to freeway would be measured in the billions! What would be done with all the cross streets? The number of overpasses would be huge.

Probably cheaper in the long run to tunnel from Avenue C to Warman Road. How cool would that be!
That would be pretty cool, but they're just gonna build the north bridge and the perimeter highway and hope that will suffice.
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The cost of converting 42nd street to freeway would be measured in the billions! What would be done with all the cross streets? The number of overpasses would be huge.

Probably cheaper in the long run to tunnel from Avenue C to Warman Road. How cool would that be!
That would be very cool and likely will happen at some point - probably not in my life time. Overpasses would be minimized if they went with service roads and fewer access points/overpasses. It is the expropriation of property to make way for the service access roads that would be cost prohibitive in the less than 30yr time frame.

Once the south bridge opens, the volume of traffic (trucks) taking left turns off circle onto 11 north as opposed to their current right turn is going to really congest things.
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Once the south bridge opens, the volume of traffic (trucks) taking left turns off circle onto 11 north as opposed to their current right turn is going to really congest things.
Oh yikes, I never thought of that! So the opening of the South Bridge could accelerate the need for a North Bridge.... Ironic.
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The cost of converting 42nd street to freeway would be measured in the billions! What would be done with all the cross streets? The number of overpasses would be huge.

Probably cheaper in the long run to tunnel from Avenue C to Warman Road. How cool would that be!
Like... A subway system?
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Like... A subway system?
The population of Saskatoon, not to mention the weak density, couldn't even support a subway system a kilometer long.

He meant an underground freeway.


However, it would be cool to see Sask and Reg both start planning inter-city streetcar systems.
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The population of Saskatoon, not to mention the weak density, couldn't even support a subway system a kilometer long.

He meant an underground freeway.


However, it would be cool to see Sask and Reg both start planning inter-city streetcar systems.
Well it does not hurt to dream, besides with SK's economic boom and the country's large increase in population thanks to immigration. It is not hard to imagine a subway system/LRT system coming to any of these two cities between 50-100 years.
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Big, big news...well maybe not big, but it is news:

Condo proposal on Main approved

Main Street is getting a new condominium complex.

City council approved a rezoning application for BlackRock Developments Ltd. on Monday.

Three houses will be bulldozed to make way for a 24-unit, four-storey condominium building with an underground parkade.

Read more: http://www.thestarphoenix.com/busine...#ixzz1XqZtbWIt

The Developer's (poorly maintained) Website. No mention of this project here just yet. They seem to specialize in suburban residential construction -- quite adept at the yapping garage door style. I hope they will be sensitive to the existing neighbourhood with this project.
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^ Building elevations included in last night's City Council agenda seem to indicate that the development will be sensitive to the neighbourhood. It looked pretty decent, I thought.
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Good to hear. There's been a lot of infill in that part of town over the past couple of years and most of it has meshed in pretty well.
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I find it ironic that we don't question doling out imense amounts of money for freeways, bridges etc. with only vague indications as to economic benefit, while we somehow think it ridiculous that Saskatoon could build a subway or some other form of rapid transit. It only seems ridiculous due to lack of imagination. At least the users of transit can be asked for some form of payment. We spend billions on roadways with no way to charge users and therefore no measure of accountability for use. The "tragedy of the commons" comes to mind.

If you had asked someone a hundred years ago, before cars, if it would make sense to pave hundreds of miles of the city and spend millions more maintaing and clearing snow from it, they would have laughed as well. Yes, it would be more convenient to have a freeway all the way around the city, but think how much more convenient, and cleaner and healthier and sustainable and generally cooler it would be to have rapid transit. We seriously need a change in mindset as a culture.
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For the record, Kitchener-Waterloo is going ahead with LRT (with BRT down to Cambridge). Lots of naysayers believe that KW is too small for LRT, but good on them for being progressive.

KW as a city is less than Regina and Saskatoon combined. They are definitely a leader when it comes to transportation planning for mid-sized Canadian cities.
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The cost of converting 42nd street to freeway would be measured in the billions! What would be done with all the cross streets? The number of overpasses would be huge.

Probably cheaper in the long run to tunnel from Avenue C to Warman Road. How cool would that be!
Haha I was actually talking about that today. But What I would suggest would be to put one overpass at Quebec Ave one at Miller, and create a proper interchange at Idylwyle, close the road at C and build an interchange at Airport and then have traffic have limited access to that area there. Then turn the rest of the streets that run into Circle to cul-de-sacs. Have service roads off of Quebec and miller to serve the streets turned into cul-de-sacs. That way we could maintain a 90km/h speed limit along the whole thing. Also we wouldn't have to impact as many businesses as would be required, and it would significantly change the whole dynamic of travel in the north end of town.

Bigger businesses that would be affected would be:

- Travelodge
- Midel Honda & Hyundai ( But would probably relocate to automall anyway)
- Tony Romas

Some small stores would have to change their access to the back but that could be done.

For safety issues have a tall 15-20 foot sound wall on both sides of the freeway with a large concrete barrier in the middle. As well as pedestrian overpasses at a few of the cul-de-sacs.

As this is already zoned commercial district noise problems would be minimal as the closest residents are about 300-500 metres away and the sound walls would stop most of the noise.

That is my two cents. Lets hope that something gets done!

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