Comment 14517

By Matt A (registered) | Posted November 25, 2007 at 15:52:39

good grief!

I used to work at a masterplanning firm, and the biggest project I worked on was one that aimed to 'design out crime and fear of crime'. My immediate reaction to this is one of shock at it's over-permeability. You can get in, and out from anywhere! And, once you are on the inside, who is going to see you stealing a car/mugging an old lady/breaking into a store!?!? With all the merchants on Barton now blocking the view of the parking lot (especially at night), who knows what evils will take place??

Now.. don't get me wrong, I believe that the stores should abut Barton, but a I also firmly believe in the concept of defensible space (ex. all builings facing out at attention, all their backs are back-to-back). An effort to recreate and reconnect the historic streetscape would likely have my vote.

I currently work at Centre Mall, and the area is far from perfect, but we certainly do not need a design that exacerbates the problems we now face.

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