Re: [carfree_cities] Elevated walkways
- Hong Kong has a very extensive set of elevated walkways, and Bangkok has
constructed several along the Skytrain corridors. I have come to like the
concept in these cities since the intensity of the noise and pollution at the
street level is too much for pedestrians. Being elevated one also has a
better view and perspective on the city.
However, if you have a fully pedestrianised corridor, I am not sure why you
would want to do this. As noted previously, you are diluting the pedestrian
density that brings life to your streets.
As a resident in Japan, I definitely do not like the extensive use of
underground passages in most major cities (Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, etc.). They
are quite claustrophobic, most with relatively low ceilings and you have no
orientation as to where you are in the city. In general, I think anything
that separates us from the environment (whether the natural or the urban
environment) is not a positive advancement. More worringly, the traffic
police in Japan have used the existence of the underground passages as a
reason to reduce pedestrian convenience at the surface (reduction of footpath
space, elimination of crossings, and longer pedestrian signal phases).
>A skyway is just a bridge between buildings. I love 'em as much now
>as I did when I was a kid and gravitated (anti-gravitated?) to them
>whenever I saw them.
>I like underground passages too. Tokyo has dozens of both, all richly
>endowed with access to commerce and to other public spaces. Paris
>has lots of hills and levels with parapets and steep stairs, which
>add charm and bring you to invigorating views. I'm all for 3-D.