While on the Prairie Lily cruise I over heard a couple of visiting business travellers who were stunned that Saskatoon would spend some much money on rehabilitating the University Bridge and then not get the graffiti that is all over the underneath of it at the same time. Also they were stunned at what looks to be a smaller sign warning about the weir placed on a larger sign. As one of them said, “It looks so bush league”. I have to agree on them.
Then Wendy and I listened to the shock over the fact that the Traffic Bridge had just fallen apart. “Who let’s a bridge fall apart?” as they listed off the cities they have lived in and tried to recollect a failed bridge in Canada outside of Montreal. As someone else said, “Don’t cities just maintain them?”.
I realized that we have become so accustomed to such bad management in the City of Saskatoon that we think it is somewhat normal. Part of me would wonder where we would be through the boom with a city council that could manage or lead together.
I also couldn’t help but notice that right across from the new mansion on Saskatchewan Crescent East was a tent for a homeless women on the westside of the river. It looked like it had been there for a while. Quite the contrasting views and a depressing visual reminder that Saskatoon’s homeless numbers keep growing and few care.