Originally Posted by Razor
I think that 300,000-500,000 is a great size for a city btw..Good on Saskatoon.
I read a study that tried to quantify what sized population was optimal. The argument was that a city needs to reach a certain size before it becomes a magnet for business, skilled people, entertainment, subways, major exhibits, etc. The accompanying argument was that once cities grow beyond a certain point, negative qualities like pollution, congestion, crime, cost of living start to outweigh the positives.
If memory serves me correctly, they concluded that cities start hitting their stride when they reach 1.5 million people. I think Vancouver really started getting to that critical mass size when they hit 1.5 million people. That's when people started viewing Vancouver as a legitimate big city option, subway construction took off, BC Place was built, etc.
I think there's a lot of truth to their argument. 300,000-500,000 is fine, but I think at that size your young talent still tend to leave in search of excitement/opportunity in larger centres. It's great to see Saskatoon booming, but it needs to get a lot bigger.