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I was surprised and delighted to see the interest in “Concept for South Market Street”. The blog post was off-the-cuff inspired by a photo of a transformed alley in Auckland that reminded me of our South Market Street. If you didn’t see the original story, you can read it here. The idea really took off when Mayor Mel Norton shared it with his followers on Google+ and on Facebook.
My BLOG post has had over 500 views in 3 days.
Mayor Mel’s sharing of the story generated the following interest on Facebook:
- 51 likes
- 24 comments
- 12 shares
There were some naysayers but, I think, in general the comments were enthusiastically in favour of making South Market Street for pedestrians only.
Since the story generated so much interest, I did a little more on-line research on the subject and found an interesting article entitled “Urban alleys become pathways to revitalization”. The article described how 7 U.S. cities successfully transformed alleys in their urban cores. You can read that article here.
Many people like the idea of closing South Market Street and turning it in to a pedestrian only area. I’ll admit there are many obstacles to overcome in making this idea a reality. What about City Market deliveries you may ask? I’m told that in european cities, where such streets are thriving, shops receive deliveries early in the a.m. to avoid conflict with the public using the space during business hours.
I came across some beautiful photos on-line of a lane in Auckland which was converted in to a restaurant/bakery. This particular lane already had a “roof” but it’s easy to imagine South Market Street enclosed overhead. It was even built on a slope… just like our street! What do you think?