CBC Radio One’s Saskatoon Morning continues exploring the city.
The show will broadcast live from Riversdale, a neighbourhood that is experiencing rapid change.
'I can't imagine what it's going to be like in two years' - Darby Taylor
The once notorious west-side neighbourhood is now home to hip shops, cafes, restaurants, and workout spaces. It’s also becoming an attractive option for home buyers.
Saskatoon Morning is trying to capture some of that energy by broadcasting live from the Park Cafe on Thursday morning from 5:57 a.m. CST to 8:30 a.m. CST — and you're invited to drop by to watch the show live and enjoy a cup of coffee.
Leading the rapid change in Riversdale are the businesses popping up along 20th Street West.
One of the newest is the Riversdale Deli. Owner Darby Taylor credits some of the other entrepreneurs who led the way in the neighbourhood. He said the nearby Saskatoon Farmers’ Market is the anchor that helped other businesses feel confident in moving to Riversdale.
"It's been eight years since the Farmer's Market has opened, so I can't imagine what's it's going to be like in two years in this neighbourhood."
Riversdale still dealing with an image problem
The show will also explore some of the challenges ahead.
A big one is perception. Riversdale is on the leading edge of trendy. There is, however, some who still view the neighbourhood as crime ridden and dangerous.
The Riversdale Business Improvement District is working to bust that myth.
"Once that feeling and that perception of safety is there people will come. I think it is just going to happen organically,” said the BID’s Randy Pshebylo
Saskatoon Morning will talk about these, and other issues as the show broadcasts live from the Park Cafe on 20th Street West on Thursday from 5:57 a.m. CST to 8:30 a.m. CST.
Replay the Saskatoon Morning live chat. The audience was asked the following questions: Does gentrification have a positive or negative impact on a neighbourhood? In a neighbourhood under change, how do you create more diversity — from ethnic to cultural to economic?