pushbutton wrote:Pants, I am just curious why it is that some people make comments exactly like the one you have just made about suburban centres shouldn't get bigger because it discourages people from shopping in the city.
WHY is it that you would like people to be encouraged to shop in the city, rather than the suburbs?
When tourists visit a city, they naturally head to the CBD. If the people of Adelaide shopped more often and in more numbers in the CBD, we would thus create an image of life in the CBD. This would create a more positive image for Adelaide; to have the CBD full of people.
Suburban shopping centres destroy the life and vibe of a city.
My thoughts exactly.
I know that people need things close by and to that extent have no problem with suburban shopping, but these massive centres that replicate and in most cases go beyond what we have in the city are sucking the life out of the CBD, especially on weekends.
Convenience is the way of the modern world, so the onus is on the ACC to give Rundle Mall etc a point of difference to make it worth travelling for, but at the moment, there's very little reason for people to come into the CBD and when everyone's moving about in undercover suburban centres, it gives the impression that Adelaide's dead.
If CBD shopping was made unique, people would presumably stick around for the restaurants, bars, cinemas etc and create a much better atmosphere.
I'd have less of a problem if people were drawn to other outdoor shopping/entertainment strips (King William Rd, Jetty Rd, Glenelg, The Parade etc) which, being outdoors, give a feeling that something's happening, but there's something wrong when souless suburban shopping centres are the city's most popular meeting/entertainment spots.