Sunday, November 19, 2006

A total disaster

OK, it has a Trader Joe's, for which I am grateful, but other than that, the newly renovated Bayshore Town Center is a total disaster. The incompetent developers seem to have overlooked some basic facts about the Milwaukee area:
  • It's cold here. Nobody wants to walk outside at the mall.
  • Bayshore used to be an outdoor mall, and spent lots of money decades ago to enclose it. Did they tell you that before you reversed this?
  • People here don't like parallel parking or parking garages. They tolerate it downtown, but lots of people avoid downtown because they don't like anything that's not a big suburban parking lot.
  • Milwaukeeans love cars and suburban sprawl. An urban center where people can walk among apartments, offices, and shops? Maybe if some refugees from Chicago head up this way.
  • Narrow little streets are bad for pedestrians and drivers. Pedestrians don't like getting hit, and drivers don't like slowing down for pedestrians.
  • If you are going to build a shopping center around narrow little streets, maybe it would be a good idea to have separate truck entrances so the narrow little streets don't get completely blocked every time a store gets a delivery!
This story from the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel illustrates the problem well. The new mall has only been open for a few weeks.
SATURDAY, Nov. 18, 2006, 1:38 p.m.
By Annysa Johnson
Parking lot rage incident reported

Glendale police are investigating a report of parking lot rage today after one woman bumped her car into a pedestrian who refused to move out of a parking stall outside Boston Store at Bayshore Town Center.

Glendale Police spokesman Joel Dhein said the pedestrian was saving the stall for a friend who had yet to arrive at the spot when another driver approached to pull in. The driver asked her to move, but she refused, prompting a standoff that ended when the driver nudged the pedestrian with her car.

Police have yet to make contact with the driver to hear her version of the story, Dhein said, but at this point charges appear unlikely.

"It's a case of poor judgment on both sides," he said.


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