You can have the same problem with low and mid rise. Life doesn't come from density only but how it interacts with the street. KP also has the issue of the Story Bridge slicing it in two which doesn't help at all.I think some people here are deluded that building up add real density and life. just look at Kangaroo Point for example where there is highrise. Mostly the place (particularly around Dockside) is pretty devoid of life at street level. West End needs good lowrise medium density development and not highrise. same can be said for the Valley and New Farm.
not necessarily.The Kurilpa Structure Plan specifies that buildings along certain key roads and lanes must have active street frontages, so you won't see what has happened at KP.
This is very true. Just look at the so-called active st frontages along Commercial Rd Newstead. It has taken a few years for some of the spaces to become rented, and once that finally happened what kind of business went in there? Furniture shops and bike shops.not necessarily.
all the town plan can do is insist there is ground floor retail. that dosn't automatically make for an active street front.
what if there aren't enough people around to support cafes and restaurants? then the ground floor retail will end up being professional offices and they don't make for "active streetfronts".
Doesn't it? I would have thought it had more... and also Newstead is getting 20-30 stories at Riverpark which is going to happen sooner than it will at West End.Remember Newstead doesn't have the pulling power that this area does. It is very dangerous to compare two completely different areas.
Also Newstead doesn't at the moment get 20-30st towers for its density.