12 December 2005

Civic revamp to discourage car use?

| johnboy
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The Canberra Times is reporting that the big brains on the Canberra Central Task Force are recommending making Civic unfriendly to cars in an attempt to get us to use public transport.

I don’t know about the Canberra Central Task Force, but when I go shopping I buy things. I do not like carrying things (especially heavy, bulky things) home on public transport.

I do like putting them in my car and driving home.

I will shape my purchasing decisions on the basis of ease of parking around the shops.

Am I Robinson Crusoe here?

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To be honest, I’ve been to Civic all of about 4 times this year, and if that’s the way they want it, it’s over to them.

I would have thought however that a double income no kids, highly disposable income with assetts was right up the alley of ‘we want that dynamic to shop in Civic’.

Instead, because of there being nowhere to park, my money has gone elsewhere. I know that I am not alone, and that most of my peers don’t shop there either for the same reason.

Nobody ever said that DINK’s had the monopoly on DUMB as well, I guess that’s something that Seven Story is going to learn the hard way.

Canberra Central Taskforce?? idiots, this is why they should make a legal ammendment for gene-pool cleansing.

Civic is bad enough as it is. then they had to go put those stupid fking pedestrian crossings near PJ’s, they should have put in traffic lights instead. like they did in the canberra centre.. where they REMOVED the crossing???

The thing about proposals, plans, recommendations and strategies like this is that somewhere along the way they always tend to get mutated (and possibly strangled) by the committees dealing with them.

I’ll worry about it when I see them digging up roads.

Even then, there probably are roads that Civic could easily lose without impacting that much on traffic flow/parking. We’ve adjusted to the loss of that big carpark on Bunda St (which will soon return to carpark status I believe – well, soonish)

hmm, thinking about this more.

So under their plan Civic will be out for serious shopping.

What else is there? restaurants?

Well I might be willing to get public transport to go out for a cheap eat.

But if the restaurant is at all upmarket then my date will often be in heels and walking public transport style distances will cause me to be the butt of some extremely foul language and result in no loving for me.

So I shall again choose to go to restaurants in areas that have decent parking.

OK, so we’ve wiped out retail and mid to high class restaurants.

People choose to work in jobs with good parking so this policy is going to depress the attractiveness of civic for office space compared to other locations with better amenity.

what’s left?

Cafes and bars?

Next thing you know there will be an enquiry as to why all the shops in Civic are going bust.

Someone go light the candle above Seven Story’s head please.

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