Neighbourhood Profile: City Park

OurYXE profiles the historic neighbourhood of City Park.  Once home to the Saskatoon Exhibition, one of Saskatoon’s first golf courses, and now two of the finest coffeehouses in Saskatoon, City Park is one of Saskatoon’s most interesting and well designed neighbourhoods.

Winterize your deck!

Edmonton can relate to our cold climate and miserable winters but they aren’t taking it anymore.  Here is a tip on winterizing your deck, something I wish some Saskatoon restaurants would try. It’s January in Edmonton, and a quick glance outside your window may find a once-lush and lively deck now slumbering peacefully under a…

How Protected Bike Lanes Mean Business

A great ebook that demonstrates how protected bike lanes can bring economic gain and vibrancy into neighbourhood businesses. FUELING REDEVELOPMENT TO BOOST REAL ESTATE VALUE As city populations grow, motor vehicle congestion increases. New roads are rarely  an option in mature cities. Protected bike lanes bring order and predictability to streets and provide transportation choices while…

Neighborhood Guide: North Downtown

There are exciting residential areas to write about and then there is the North Downtown (or what used to be called the Central Industrial Area).  Only a few hundred residents, it is nestled east of Idylwyld, west or Warman Road and 2nd Avenue and bordered in the north by 33rd Street.  Most of us drive by it…

Neighborhood Guide: Mayfair

Well our trip to Nutana didn’t work out so well.  Some Temperance Colonists saw Sean crack a beer at the Yard and Flagon and chased us back across the river.  After a brief stop downtown, I headed back to my home neighbourhood of Mayfair where I had a long look around at what one of Saskatoon’s oldest neighbourhoods has to…

How Globalization Isolates Struggling Cities

Does Saskatoon have an obligation to help smaller surrounding centres that may be struggling? Struggling places that surround prosperous communities may not be interested in seeing those successful towns improve any further. That’s not necessarily out of malice, nor may it even be explicitly considered. It’s simply an implicit incentive, and has a certain amount…

Neighborhood Guide: Nutana

OurYXE tried to cross the river earlier to profile Nutana but we crossed using the Traffic Bridge and didn’t quite make it.  We eventually portaged across the South Saskatchewan River and landed at the site of the original Temperance Colony where my Methodist roots helped me navigate the neighbourhood and find some of Saskatoon’s best…