Subdude Posted November 18, 2013 Share Posted November 18, 2013 The streetcar idea is one that makes sense. High-end target shoppers.Too large of scale. Street is too wide and strip is too long... (North Michigan Avenue is easily as wide as Westheimer and longer than the strip along Westheimer being discussed.) The difference is Westheimer doesn't really have the ability to go from 6 lanes to 4 lanes. Could the city add in an esplanade even? But I assume traffic on the Magnificent Mile moves much slower. An esplanade would help but would also mean cutting off left-turn access into the different shopping centers, which the merchants would scream about. Also, the scale issues aren't just w.r.t. the width of Westheimer. The stores themselves are mostly set back from the road by parking spaces. Look at busy, successful shopping streets, and the shops will open up directly to the sidewalk. It doesn't "read" as a pedestrian area. 2 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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