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Old Posted Nov 17, 2020, 4:51 AM
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Saint John is one of those cities that (presently) seems nice in theory but has a lot of drawbacks - it competes with the other NB cities for retail, it's far from any major airport, it's not particularly well-connected to the rest of its province, region, or the ROC, or neighbouring Maine, it has a reputation for being badly polluted (not sure how true this still is), its transit system is likely very underfunded, and there's a lot of poorly-maintained buildings/properties. The student population is much lower than might be expected by those outside the region. There isn't a major military/federal presence like there is in Halifax either. Fredericton is better-regarded in terms of nightlife and Moncton is better-regarded in terms of large-scale events. That said, SJ's architecture and the surrounding landscape are pretty unique and interesting, and AFAIK it's the only large-ish city on the Bay of Fundy. If a critical mass of people were to show up, it could be an interesting place to live.
A couple of points:

- All of NB is far away from a major airport. But - we're closer to Bangor and only 4 hours from Halifax.

- YSJ was doing quite well before the pandemic. Flight options weren't drastically different than what was being offered in Fredericton or Moncton. Also, we're very well connected to NS via the Fundy Rose Ferry, and extremely well connected to the US by one of the most overengineered freeways in Canada (a beautiful drive).

- We're closer to the resort town of St. Andrews and the Fundy Trail Parkway... arguably the only nationally and internationally known tourist destinations in NB.

- We receive far more tourists than Moncton or Frederiction (it's not even close).

- Student population is fairly low at 4k BUT the medical school is expanding.

- As far as nightlife is concerned, I'm sorry, but Saint John is leading the way right now. Uptown Saint John has the highest concentration of bars in all of Canada and the restaurants are incredible. Plus there is currently a building boom uptown with thousands of residential units being added and older buildings being refurbished.

- It remains an industrial city, but it has an emerging tech industry too. The two (would be) biggest polluters (the pulp and paper mill and the oil refinery) have had complete and extremely costly overhauls which have made them EXTREMELY clean.

- Saint John also benefits from being situated on the lower Saint John River, so if living amongst the historic buildings and bustling nightlife of Saint John proper doesn't suit you, you can live in Millidgeville, Grand Bay, or Rothesay Quispamsis and enjoy all the benefits of the city while spending most of your time on or near the river instead of the bay.

- As far as retail is concerned... there's basically no difference between the three cities.
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Old Posted Nov 17, 2020, 12:19 PM
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Highway 1 to Maine is easily the most overengineered highway in Canada. I once drove the entire stretch from Saint John to the border without seeing a single car in either direction after leaving the St John metro. And it’s an hour long drive.

Saint John has a lot of potential, the problem is that all the city’s investment for decades was sucked out of the city to Rothesay and Quispamsis. My extended family included haha. That seems to be reversing a bit now though with properties downtown starting to get renovated.

It’s a small city at the end of the day too. There’s only so much that can be done in metros of 120,000.
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Old Posted Mar 21, 2021, 1:54 PM
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Nice. Is that apartment/condo in the foreground one long building or several buildings? And does the Fleuve St. Laurent ever freeze over at Rimouski, or is it too briny/deep?
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Old Posted Mar 21, 2021, 10:26 PM
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Nice. Is that apartment/condo in the foreground one long building or several buildings?
They are twin parallel slabs, the buildings appearing at a 45 degree angle.

They are part of La Grande Place mall redevelopment and make up its eastern half, the project's other half is set to start this year:


This Condo is the new building going up in front of the left tower.
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Does the Fleuve St. Laurent ever freeze over at Rimouski, or is it too briny/deep?
The Saint Lawrence used to freeze over solid pretty much in its entirety and ice breakers would work hard in the port but it dosen't freeze nearly as much as it used to, this year it pretty much didn't freeze at all.

However, it still freeze over in the bay in front of downtown where the water is really shallow and protected from the waves by the Island (you can even walk to the Saint-Barnabé Island in the lowest tides). Here you can see the eastern tip of the Saint-Barnabé Island and the rough demarcation between the shallow protected waters and the deep open sea where the ice is breaking up:
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I visited Quebec City last week...here are a couple skyline shots.


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A comprehensive look at the greater Quebec skyline, with Levis 'skyline' at the left.


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Another photo of Charlottetown, looking south towards the downtown core:



In the far field, just slightly to th left of centre, you can see Province House (the provincial legislature and the site of the 1864 confederation conference). It is currently shrink wrapped in white plastic as it undergoes major restoration.
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