Last night, a team of architects from Philadelphia’s Wallace Roberts & Todd unveiled their plan to give the east end of the Downtown Mall (and much of downtown) a new look and some new features. Council approved the design process back in December, and this is the result of that. The initial goal was to design a CTS bus transfer station, but the plan now includes a mall expansion, planing trees along West Main, dead-ending South Street and installing a parking garage under the amphitheater. Some people are unhappy with the plan, though, notably because it can’t possibly be accomplished with the $3M in federal grant money that has been allocated. Jake Mooney has the story in today’s Progress.
3 thoughts on “New Downtown Mall Plans Unveiled”
Why do we continually allow people who have no plans of ever living here or staying here to “redesign” the town?
It usually ends up as an air-conditioned nightmare, then everyone gets used to it until we
get “redesigned” again.
What a f*cked up cycle.
Right. Because it’s completely unfathomable that anyone who was not born and raised in Charlottesville could ever have an idea that would improve the mall and/or its environs. It’s not of consequence that the firm who did this work has experience in designs of this sort all over the country and all over the world. Forget that the study–and that’s all it is at this point–was commissioned by city council and was presumably done with input from local people. This must automatically suck because it wasn’t done by a local.
Charlottesville really needs to get over itself and realize that it is not the center of the universe and that there are other people out there who have ideas that might be good ones.
I couldn’t agree more. Always bring in outsiders. Consultants. Ever notice how many city positions are held by people from out of state. All that stuff for the mall sounds a bit too much.
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