Research by Mike Cullen of Urbacity has shown that:
Out-of-town malls generate 0.5 non-retail jobs per retail job created.
Mall-dominated towns generate 1.2.
Street-based retail generates 2.6
Answer = build street-based retail
As if we didn’t know enough already about the social, economic and environmental benefits of connected, mixed-use urbanism, Cullen’s research provides one more good reason to plan towns and cities around beautiful, shaded, slow, thriving streets.
Space Syntax is working with Urbacity in support of Design Urban in its masterplan for Auranga, a new urban settlement to the south of Auckland. Developed by Made, Auranga breaks the mould of car-based sprawl by co-locating residential and employment uses around a tight-knit, walkable town centre and rail station.
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