OurYXE was never intended to just be a podcast and if you have been paying attention at all, you will notice we are adding new features to the site in 2014. We have started with adding Saskatoon neighbourhood guides and have the intention of creating a guide of the best and worst of each neighbourhood in Saskatoon. So far we have done one for downtown, Riversdale, Nutana, and Mayfair.
Creating them takes a lot of time and even more time is needed to take the photographs needed to bring the project to life. I have been able to cheat by using some public domain images of Wikimedia, most of the photos have been taken by myself or those submitting to the growing OurYXE Photo Pool on Flickr (if you haven’t yet, please join and add your photos).
That’s the best part of the project. Exploring Saskatoon neighbourhoods that no one thinks of or cares about. Last year I was researching a project for Stewart Properties in what is the most uninspiring neighbourhood in the city. As Wendy and I walked the neighbourhood, explored the parks, found shops and businesses that I never realized were there, I realized that I would really enjoy living there. I later followed the same process for my own neighbourhood and created a site for Mayfair. When you stop, sit down and write it out, there is far more to our neighbourhoods than you realize.
That is the plan for these neighbourhood guides. I want to explore all of Saskatoon, find out what is cool, and share it with others. I am already excited about visiting and writing about several parks, hidden stores, and exploring some odd urban planning decisions just to see what is there.
Of course my fear is that I find a neighbourhood that has no redeeming qualities and absolutely nothing of interest worth exploring. If that happens I’ll make Sean or Hilary write that neighbourhood guide.
The inspiration for the OurYXE Neighbourhood Guides is Norm Fisher’s amazing guides that he has created for his real estate site. His work is the foundation for many Wikipedia entries and our course our own guides. While our focus is different, his neighbourhood guides are a great resource for anyone wanting to know more about their neighbourhood.