Issue 1.1 Monday, April 7, 2003

Overcoming the Saint John Business Breakdown
by David Wishart

Being part of the young generation leads many of us wanting more from the city of Saint John, and by more I mean more, not less, as some of the common council may believe. Saint John loves to live with old ideas that are supported by old people. What this means is that no new ideas are able to enter the city such as the waterfront project or a new skate park because seniors believe that it will disrupt the supposedly safe city environment. The number of young people in the city is steadily rising so its understandable that higher demands are going to be made for something innovative in our city. Walking down any of the streets that lead to and from the school provides a student with law firms, memorabilia, insurance brokers, bars and government buildings, none of which serve any appeal to a budding youth. Why do four streets (Water, Prince William, Canterbury and Germain) leading to a high school of eleven hundred students have nothing to offer a student? It would only make sense for a business to capitalize on this prime area for making sales to students.

Not only does our school suffer from this tragedy but St. Macís (a school of nine hundred), though they are our dreaded enemy, are also its victims. Two thousand youth in the greater uptown area equals two thousand prospective customers in the run of a day. But this is not the case; instead we all have to go to the east side of the city to get anything worthwhile.

So to remedy this situation we need an entrepreneur to stand up and create a youth oriented business in the city, which will give us something more to do than wandering through the halls of Brunswick square on our noon hour. The only problem is that the city doesnít have the money for it, the students donít have the money for it and any adult doesnít seem to be interested in providing something for us youth. At the moment the best thing that us students can do is make a noise or a stink (whichever you prefer) and let the newspaper, CBC and the common council know that youth matter and if nothing happens weíll all end up leaving this dull city and move some where else. Then what will the city do? Probably dry up into oblivion wondering where they went wrong.