Think Small

3 Nov

“But profound change is more likely to result from a deeply considered idea that alters an essential component of an urban environment than from an elaborate master plan that requires abundant resources and considerable political capital.”

A Place Is Better Than a Plan, Andrew M. Manshel

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4 Responses to “Think Small”

  1. Andrew November 8, 2010 at 10:16 pm #

    What’s your argument Chad?

  2. lesoteric November 4, 2010 at 12:11 am #

    I would have thought that ‘small thinking’ applies better to the City Centre Airport than an arena (elaborate master plan = 5*$25,000 grants to deliver a design, abundant resources = biggest piece of (un)available land in the city which will cost hundreds of millions to clean up and redevelop, considerable political capital expended – and more to come).

    “It will help them identify, and integrate into their projects, the helpful small ideas that can make cities more enjoyable places.”

    Yes, integrate into their projects. All the Detroit examples cite the same issue – isolation (and the unsaid dedication to auto traffic) it is nearly impossible for a downtown arena in Edmonton to suffer the same issue. The Big Dig park cites an area uninviting to pedestrians – an Arena with street level commercial and integrated public space is the exact opposite of that. Fixed seating? Yellow lights? Ugly trash cans? these can all be addressed by a half decent designer.

    I live, work, and attend school on Jasper Avenue and I see next to no one while I wait for the bus every night after school. There is no reason for people to be there after dark. Good urban design embodies mixed uses, one of them is entertainment. It is up to our city to promote that type of development…that’s where tax dollars belong, infill development in recovering neighborhoods.

  3. John Holmes November 3, 2010 at 10:59 pm #

    A small arena, not really an option unless the only hockey team in town is, well, the Oil Kings, then small 7 – 10 thousand arena works well.
    I like watching NHL hockey and pay the freight to do so, and it seems based on the experience of five other Canadian cities a large facility is needed.
    Build downtown and do it now.

    • Chad D November 6, 2010 at 3:25 pm #

      “Build downtown and do it now.”

      A convincing argument right there, folks.

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