April 7, 2004
a minor peeve. Why are most small shopping centers, or
"strip malls," laid out something like this?
to Giant Eagle supermarket at Waterworks Mall, Pittsburgh
front of the stores (gray) is a sidewalk (orange), then a busy
"street" (dashed yellow line), then the handicapped parking
spaces (blue), then the rest of the parking.
you've parked, you have to dodge other cars as you cross the street
to reach the stores.
why does the street have to pass directly in front of the stores,
especially since you aren't allowed to park on the street
itself? Why not relocate the street to the far side of the
example, if the stores were turned 90° on the lot, the parking
could be arranged like this:
this plan, once you've found a parking space, there's a sidewalk
right there that allows you to proceed to the stores without having
to worry about avoiding any moving vehicles.
the handicapped spaces are much closer to the storefronts.
only problem: firefighters' access to the front of the stores
would be somewhat more difficult. Maybe that's why malls are
not generally laid out in this more convenient way.