In a previous post, I wrote about the eventual redevelopment of the South Keys mall. This week, there was a first meeting on the redevelopment of another mall, Westgate, which is much older than South Keys. I once had to pick up medication at Westgate around midnight. It is quite a desolate place. A woman jumped out of a car, kicking the car and swearing to the others in the car, then jumped into the car and they all drove away again.
While all is still very conceptual, as councillor Jeff Leiper writes on his blog, this is the time to get involved, not when the back hoes start to tear up the parking lot. So if you commute or live in this area, think of the possible consequences of increased traffic, options to build connections for cycling and walking, wide sidewalks, terraced buildings, green space etc.
If done right, this could be a great addition and perhaps even a hub of activities in that area; if done wrong, it will be an urban wasteland, where the wind howls around the towers and people drive from one side of the place to the other.
I sure hope that the Westgate Mall takes this into consideration when redesigning the space: