31.8.2011 2 By admin

The main purpose of downtown streets is transaction, and this function can be swamped by the torrent of machine circulation. The more downtown is broken up and interspersed with parking lots and garages, the duller and deader it becomes in appearance, and there is nothing more repellant than a dead downtown… In a panicky effot to combat the suburbs on their own terms, something downtown cannot do, we are sacrificing the fundamental strengths of downtown — its variety and choice, its bustle, its interest, its compactness, its compelling message that this is not a way-station, but the very intricate center of things. The only reason people come downtown or set up business down-town at all is because downtown packs so much into such a compact area” Jane Jacobs, Downtown planning