In a surprise to few, the wannabe-suburban East River Plaza big box mall can’t fill its 1,428 space parking lot…
East River Plaza was first designed 15 years ago by the Long Island-based Blumenfeld Development Group and Atlanta architecture firm GreenbergFarrow as a way to bring suburban big box stores to an urban environment.
“Currently in many cities, American ones in particular (and especially in Dallas), all roads lead to highways. Highways are literally the one place where all ages from 16-80 (and younger for passengers), all incomes, all backgrounds, converge and interact. Except that interaction is hardly a compassionate or courteous one. We forget all of our cultural mores for acceptable behavior when somebody is cutting us off to make the exit.”—
True in ATL too. I can sit in my office at work all day and interact with people only via email, then go outside and interact only via car traffic. Walkable, public spaces for connecting with faces = important.