Just a few thoughts: A Mall is a Mall, it …

Comment on 10 ideas for revitalising the Alice Springs CBD by Maya.

Just a few thoughts: A Mall is a Mall, it is a pedestrian way not a motor way with parking lots. The previous revitalization and removal of the sails was in my view an error of judgement. I do not understand how motor cars can revive business and provide pedestrian activity.
I would like to see the whole Mall for walking as a promenade from early morning for breakfast time to 8pm, even 9pm in summer, with some greenery and canopy.
The current use of metallic benches reduces any wish to sit down and relax, being too hot in summer and too cold in winter, with no shade overhead.
Some opening towards the Todd River which is currently only used for ugly grey administrative buildings and car park when it could be better used for relaxation over a beautiful view, while munching a roasted cob of corn or drink a latte or lick an ice cream.
Improve the decoration of shop windows to attract buyers, even after closing time: they will come back the next day. Too much ugly cheap stuff on the footpath does not attract the discerning buyer, certainly not the overseas tourists.
Security and insurance premiums have taken over and the shutters drawn down after 5pm make the Mall look like a gaol. More lighting after sunset will bring more human presence and beat the unruly and bored kids and reduce the need for more policing (again a gaol feeling).
Allow coffee shops to remain open till late. All depends on rental which are much too high. Property owners are greedy, it brings town down to their own disadvantage.
Pop up art is a nice temporary solution. It shows what the locals can do and how creative Alice is.
Small eateries (perhaps on the river side) not only on market days but regularly could help attract some life on a daily basis together with young (or not so young) musicians gigs.
A water feature seems ridiculous in a dry desert climate when PAWA ask us to reduce costly water consumption.
And finally, urgently, use the Melanka site quick and smart for the new Aboriginal art and culture centre including researching, learning and teaching of Aboriginal languages.

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