To a lot of people outside the city, Central Financial is where Saskatoon starts and stops. Hands-down it’s the most distinctive district in the city: nowhere else commands as much media attention or adds as much to the skyline. It’s got Delmont Plaza, Specter Tower, and the Psyscraper. It’s not just tourist attractions, though: CentFi is the beating heart of the Northwestern economy. You could spend all day listing the businesses that call this place home. Don’t let the bright lights and polished windows fool you, though: CentFi is every bit as cutthroat as the darkest corners of the Covered Market. They might wear nicer clothing and do their business in open daylight, but nobody ever gets to the top without stepping on a few necks…
Life in the Central Financial District
This is where you work, not where you play. According to the 2304 census, only 5% of the buildings in CentFi are residential, with 81% of the daily workers commuting. Unlike most other districts, which observe 3 work shifts of 8 hours each, CentFi observes 6 shifts of 4 hours. The district is in a near-constant state of rush hour traffic, which is magnified by the abnormal prevalence of automobiles in the district. While this is terribly inconvenient for all involved, it is generally agreed to be necessary: the stress of work in CentFi is an insidious silent killer. In 2228, a study by the Red Owl Research Co conclusively found that much of Saskatoon’s alarming 1.6% suicide rate could be traced directly back to stressful working conditions in CentFi. In response, many large corporations in the district to begin working half-shifts instead of full shifts; and shortly thereafter suicides in the city fell to a much more reasonable 1.4%.
Today, CentFi is a mostly respectable place full of mostly respectable people: there are at most 7 suicides in the area on any given day, and city sanitation is always quick to dispose of the remains. The people here are respectable salarymen, managers, and moguls. Rob at your own risk.