Monday, July 7, 2008


I had one of those lightbulb-over-your-head moments.

Realizing that the definition of "downtown revitalization" has the characteristics of a parking lot in a big-box mega-retail hub, a la Polo Park. Or Kildonan Crossing. Or St Vital. Or Kenaston.

"Revitalized" downtown via megaproject during the day:

The stores (downtown) open, and customers (downtown visitors) flock to spend their hard earned cash, driving in from suburbia. Rona (coffee shop, newsstand) opens at 7, other stores open at 8 or 9 (Portage Place). Customers stay during the day, may catch lunch nearby during their shopping (visiting) trek at a Kelseys (Portage Place food court). Later customers in the evening may stick around and go to SilverCity (MTS Centre), and as they exit the venue, they find stores are closed. With nothing to do in a virtual wasteland of level concrete with carefully painted parking stalls (parkade, surface parking lot.) They are greeted with this image:

The image of revitalization.

Revitalization during normal business hours only.

1 comment:

cherenkov said...

Reading your post, I just had my own thought: a race track! If you move Higgins there should be enough room to build a decent road course. We could bring in Formula 2000 or maybe even Indy cars!

Hmmm. I think I may be on to something here.