Urban Planner Brent Toderian speaks about density done well in downtown cores. This is going to be a huge challenge for Saskatoon as we try to increase density in downtown Saskatoon. It’s interesting that he speaks of designing downtown for kids because if it works for kids, it will work for everyone. In Vancouver where they have 7000 kids, they build daycares and schools downtown. Saskatoon has really no amenities other than River Landing for families. We have a long way to go.
The other thing is that if you agree with Toderian and most other urban planners, Saskatoon is making decisions right now that will hurt our city for generations. It’s almost as if as a city and city council identify best practices in cities and do the opposite. They talk a great game about Transit 2.0 while putting bridges all over Saskatoon. In the next decade we will have a new bridges south of the city, two north of the city, and I have heard some talking about adding one along 33rd Street or another one south of the city. You can’t do both folks and to be honest, we are probably at a point where we should just give up on the dream of living in a livable city and just admit that we are all about cars and sprawl.