Barcodes on Broadway Avenue
Special barcodes, known as QR Codes, are appearing on Broadway Avenue in Saskatoon to help you decode the street's history.
When the codes are scanned by a smartphone, they will take you to a special web page with historical information.
"It will point you specifically to the information for the building you are standing in front of," said Sarah Marchildon, executive director of the Broadway Business Improvement District (BBID).
There are about 30 codes located in the windows of various places on Broadway, including Victoria School, Starbucks and Szechuan Kitchen.
"It's kind of just the historical running of what the businesses were - whether it is a paragraph of text and a story to describe it or whether it is photographic images of the buildings themselves," she said.
That means with the click of your phone you can see old pictures of when Szechuan Kitchen was a lumber yard or find out more about the history of when Victoria School was the Little Stone School.
The project was developed by University of Saskatchewan student Shawn Storry. He came up with the idea for the codes as part of a cultural heritage mapping course.
Now, the codes are going to be a permanent part of Broadway Avenue and the BBID hopes to add more in the future.
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