Originally Posted by gowest
20th Street takes on a different look at night than in the day. You can drive from Idywyld to Ave H in the evening hours and only see people going to shows. It is actually a beautiful street at night. I don't thing a pub like you are thinking would work yet. More needs to be done to get rid of the "west side"stigma that exists in Saskatoon. I have spent many hours in this area and seen great changes over they years. Hopefully these changes continue as this is a great area and some really great shops and businesses as well as people. It seems that the west side type of crime is spreading to all areas of the city. Slowly but it is. Show me another theatre in Saskatoon or most Canadian that matches the Roxy. It was beautiful when we were kids and it's back to the same now. Keep changing 20th, you are a gem in the hiding.
I agree with you. It is a beautiful street and last night all I saw were a bunch of people of all ages at the Theatre for Kevin Oleary's talk (Dragon's Den), as they have ALL TYPES of events there now from live music, talks, hypnotists and symphonies. So yes, it is becoming a great area losing the stereotypes from those willing to cross over and check it out themselves.
At the same time I think what is saving face for the area is that it doesn't have a major watering hole and 'sobering things up' a bit so people can shake the images of the Barry etc.
Of course people can say what they want about our 'safe' areas we all love to hang out at, but anywhere in ANY city you need to have your head on you about stupid people starting bad situations:
ex) avg of 3 cop cars at the Hose on broadway on Sat night, vandalism downtown, stabbings at Sutherland, rape on campus etc