10 images show just how attractive Australian shopping strips can be without cars

Mon, 5 Sep 2022 23:26:37 +1000

Andrew Pam <xanni [at] glasswings.com.au>

Andrew Pam

"Think of a typical Australian shopping street: parked cars occupy the prime
public space in front of the shops. But we could instead create a place that’s
good for business and is beautiful too. It would attract customers while being
good for our physical, mental and social health.

This isn’t a new idea. Realising they can make better use of the space next to
businesses to boost sales, shopping centres design places to attract people.
That’s why they provide seats, air-conditioning, music, artwork, cafes and
plants outside their shops.

Online shopping is even comfier, but it lacks human contact.

We know what works to create people-friendly local shopping streets. Safer
speeds, improving lighting, replacing parking with “parklets”, planting street
trees and widening pavements — these are just some of the ways.

Below we’ll discuss four reasons to reallocate parking space next to shops. But
first, we’ve re-imagined ten car-centric Australian streets to illustrate the
benefits of reallocating space to people … to shoppers, diners, riders,
children, prams and the mobility-impaired."

       *** Xanni ***
mailto:xanni@xanadu.net               Andrew Pam
http://xanadu.com.au/                 Chief Scientist, Xanadu
https://glasswings.com.au/            Partner, Glass Wings
https://sericyb.com.au/               Manager, Serious Cybernetics

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