I that that Civic Square will become another bumtown.I totally disagree.
Parks don't "cause" more bums. That's an absurd concept.
We do have parks that are dominated by bums. This boils down to two main reasons:
1. We don't have enough parks, causing the bums to be concentrated. This discourages others from using the parks. Adding parks would spread the bums out more, and remove some of the disincentive that keeps others away.
2. Certain parks don't have enough middle-class people around them, particularly at night. City Hall Park and Occidental Park are good examples.
The best way to address these problems are to build more parks, and to add more regular people. This particular project avoids much of this problem by having an active mix of uses in the tower and around the plaza.
And if it does attract street people, at least there will be fewer somewhere else.
Adding more and more people only masks the problem. The bums will still be there; but there'll be so many more normal people on the streets that you'll just notice them less.I guess the only way our parks will succeed is adding more and more people Downtown. I remember that Pioneer Square, ID, Sodo, and some waterfront port terminals may be redeveloped into mixed-use buildings.