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Belmont mall planners could learn from German experience

Developers of proposed Belmont Market Shopping Centre have an opportunity to do something special: reader

Re: Early plans for Belmont shopping centre available (Gazette, Jan. 20)

With bare land one can create an attractive shopping centre. I hope the planned road running through it is not meant for cars.

I have seen the most attractive shopping centre in Germany, the Ingolstadt outlet village, where the cars are parked outside the shopping centre right behind the stores.

The stores are located all around and there are benches and planters in the centre and one does not have to walk the distance as is the case at Millstream Centre, for example. That turned out to be unattractive with all the parked cars in the centre.

A shopping development like Ingolstadt would more or less look like an indoor mall, but on the outside the stores itself are nice, village-style buildings with gables etc. Let’s do something different when we start from scratch.

Hiltrud Heckl

Highlands

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