mistervinix wrote:PrairieFire: It seems like a quality development that unfortunately is in the wrong location. It cries out for lots of pedestrian traffic, but everyone has to drive there and then navigate a huge parking garage. There is no compelling reason to walk around the place. If they can't link up the first phase with something that is really a draw in the second phase, then they should just build another Walmart there and call it a day.
I never thought I would agree with "they should just build another Walmart there and call it a day", but I do in this case. I generally like being at Prairiefire. It is pleasant enough...well detailed with good enclosure when on the "main street". But the damn thing is an island in a sea of car oriented barriers. The idea of a "main street mixed use development" is wonderful and all, but it can't fully succeed without full-on connectivity to the surrounding neighborhoods. Not until we reconnect the grid and show respect for the public realm at the human scale, will we see this type development realize its full potential.