Urban planning for the 21 century anyone?

A city has unused properties, underused properties and misused properties in its core.  Fully aware of this fact, it approves the building of another outdoor mall in another part of the city and the expansion of an indoor mall in yet another area of the city.

Do you think this is good urban planning?

When will cities wake-up to the fact that more outdoor malls and indoor malls are not 21st century urban planning solutions?  Have they learned nothing from the over building of outdoor malls and indoor malls that weaken cores and increase sprawl?

Blackburn Dr. & Conklin Rd., Brantford, Ontario © CityofInsight.com

Blackburn Dr. & Conklin Rd., Brantford, Ontario © CityofInsight.com

Brantford, Ontario hasn’t shaken this outmoded way of thinking.  A new outdoor mall is planned for Blackburn Dr. and Conklin Rd. in West Brantford.  The Lynden Park Mall plans to expand its North Brantford location.

All this while unused properties, underused properties and misused properties persist in the core (Colborne St. & Dalhousie St. corridor).

Such as this excellent location on Colborne St.

Colborne St., Brantford, Ontario © CityofInsight.com

Colborne St., Brantford, Ontario © CityofInsight.com

 

Obviously, these actions are incompatible.  Why?

Too many cities have become addicted to outdoor malls, indoor malls and big box stores.  The push for these makes a city oblivious to the impact on it as a whole.

Time for cities to join AMA (Addicted to Malls Anonymous).  Then we just might start to see breathtaking urban planning for the 21st century city.

 

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