Wednesday, January 23, 2008
The Future of Downtown?
I know some of you will say that it is only a single bridge. However, City Creek will be the focal point of the "new" downtown. The Skybridge is designed to keep people solely in that development and to move traffic off of Main Street.
To compare look at the Gateway project. That project was also designed to be inclusive and not include the immediate area. Everything is designed to keep people in the complex and does not create an environment that encourages people to walk into neighboring areas.
In fact the most open area is the one that points people to 200 South where the homeless shelter is which also discourages pedestrian traffic.
The city planners should be seeking a complex design that opens out to the neighboring areas, not locks them off. to everything except to what is to the north.
What this must not become is a church or anti-Rocky issue. The issue is, will the City Creek development be like Gateway and lock the neighborhood off or will it become part of the greater downtown area and be an asset that will help bring more life to downtown.