Any comments on the Thoreau Institute article on Planetizen?
As usual, they do make SOME points. It does seem like too many of the overly-pretty retail environments ("town centers" and the like) that we planners like have little room for the quirky, the cheap, the ethnic, the small business struggling to be born. In a suburban jurisdiction, maybe old strips are OUR warehouse districts. They are ALWAYS full of the same national/regional "lifestyle" chains. I know Northern California doesn't need another faux-Mediterranean colleciton of Banana Republics and Pottery Barns.
But, it still bothers me a little. I still agree with CityComforts' take on this: follow the street wall, with parking to the rear-especially in central locations where pedestrian activity can take place.
jresta and other urbanites-what is your take on this???