What is a healthy amount of plazas or parks for a modern CBD ? It seems like Cape Town does not have enough of them.
Cape Town CBD is so small and so low-rise though.What is a healthy amount of plazas or parks for a modern CBD ? It seems like Cape Town does not have enough of them.
Ah yes 'rest parks'.I should probably rephrase my question. Does the city have enough accessible, safe and open areas for the office workers from the commercial businesses in the CBD ?
I know the mountain and sea argument, but nobody can just quickly go during lunch and chill on the mountain with some coffee & sandwiches while feeding the birds on the side.
Whenever I am in the CBD, I feel claustrophobic. There is Green Market Square, but that is filled to the brim with hawkers/stalls. There is Riebeeck Square, but that is used as a parking lot. Company Gardens is the only escape you can get from the office on limited time. Grand Parade would be nice if it had some more benches and greenery. The proposed site was a very rear thing where you can actually just take a quick break. I would much prefer it if they would improve on it but still retain that open green escape. But I fully understand that growth beats comfort, just wondering out load if putting another building there will improve the office workers stress levels.
^^Exactly what I was talking about :apple:Ah yes 'rest parks'.
Like Bryant Park, Madison Square Park, Washington Square Park, Union Square Park etc.
It's these Parks that actually give New York life.
How do you mean?This isn't the actual proposal for the site, though.
I think that it's about more than parks when it comes to these areas. The soil is almost exclusively sea sand. Few things grow there and in the dry months, a lot of that gets blown around. Look at the streets in Delft, for example. They are often filled with little sand dunes. There is almost no greening of these areas, including any new developments. No trees, no shrubs. This is what makes them quite hostile, in my opinion. For anything to grow, a huge lot of fertile soil probably needs to be carted in for each tree, each acre of vegetation.Khayelitsha has some great parks, check out Mandela Park. Also, Mitchells Plain has the Westridge Gardens. But agreed, some more smaller scale public spaces is needed in these communities.
I'm told this isn't the proposal the developers are considering, so while pretty, this isn't going to be builtHow do you mean?
The Blok parklet was actually taken down due to x2 businesses claiming they lost massive business even those there is always parking available in the area, as well as questioning the "type of people" it brought to the area, which is incredibly infuriating.Wasn't that the one in partnership with BLOK... I seem to remember the city shutting it down as it didn't conform to some policy/zoning/general red tape. While it was there it was an awesome space used and enjoyed by literally all walks of life. And yes, contained in the area of a single parking space.
The bump-outs the city has been constructing on most pavement corners in the CBD have had a big effect on the pedestrian realm. They've created a lot more space not only for people - especially those in wheelchairs - but also for trees, benches etc. Loop Street feels a lot more welcoming, while Long Street feels cleaner and less crowded.Another problem in the Cape Town CBD is the sidewalks/pavements are too narrow and there is far too much on street parking for the size of the roads. This is unlikely to change while public transport remains so bad. Ideally most pavements should be almost doubled in size, and this allows for nicer landscaping, more pedestrian walking space, benches, bus stops etc. Areas in Sea Point etc. have already done this and it makes such a positive impact.