Thursday, July 16, 2009

Can Daylighting Waterways Help Local Businesses?

While this recent New York Times article ("The Cheonggyecheon, Once a Highway, Now a Haven") discusses the environmental impact of daylighting waterways, that is, removing the concrete coverings that often hid these small streams and rivers from public veiw, the economic impact of daylighting should also be considered. Businesses in the vicinity of these projects often benefit tremendously when this happens as visitors often also seek places in the nearby vicinity to eat and shop. These waterways are a unique feature that can serve to make the shopping experience more pleasurable...particularly critical as commercial districts continue to compete for scarce shopping dollars. Anything you can do to differentiate yourself....

1 comment:

  1. This is a great concept. Is this possible in NY? The ongoing exhibit at the Museum of the City of New York clearly shows that there's an intricate system of underground waterways in NY; maybe there's some way to expose them while enhancing the value of surrounding real estate and improving the viability of the communities through which they run.