My local borough is proposing a redevelopment plan (Quebec equivalent of an urban renewal plan) for a large parcel of industrial land (225 000 square meters or approx. 15 city blocks) located near the CBD. This plan is modelled on a local developper's plan for the area and includes rezoning from industrial to mixed-use (residential and commercial) as well as modifying the historic city grid to close several streets. Although, the rezoning of this area has been long overdue and is welcome by many, the issue of closing streets to allow for a suburban style mall at street level seems a little old school.
I was wondering what the lattest thinking on street closures is? Do any of you know of examples of cities who have re-established traditional street grids to create circulation through superblocks (the WTC is a prime example here). I am drafting a breif for the public consultations, so any pointers (litterature, pertinant projects) would be greatly appreciated.