How can we make the Rundle Mall laneways more appealing to you?

by None, about 4 years ago
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  • Bowen Ellames over 8 years ago
    Rundle Mall laneways should offer the 'alternative' to mainstream brands found on Rundle Mall itelf. Laneways should offer small, low-rent space to emerging fashion and product designers, boutiques, small businesses (bakeries, florists, gift shops) and cafés. Laneways should support local and emerging businesses; showcase new talent; offer intimate dining and unique shopping experiences
  • Sarahen over 8 years ago
    more stuff happening in there, weekend markets would draw people in, then they would notice what was there. Also good signs pointing invitingly into the lanes advertising whatever is in there [large enough to be well seen and lit at night,]how exciting. Wine bars jazz clubs and tiny caffs or restuarants, people love quirky half hidden spots. And, I know it sounds corny, but tubs of flowers/ foliage, at least 1 per lane, flowers look safe and inviting and reflect City pride.
  • Andrew Schulz over 8 years ago
    Laneways should be a space to celebrate cultural diversiity in our community, and it would be a really good selling point to associate laneways with a particular cultural theme. For example Charles Street could be all things 'English' which boasts things like an authentic British pub, an 'Abbey Road' inspired music store, a permanent art gallery exhibiting British artists and their works, etc. and perhaps a statue to our very own Prince Charles...Or hopefully something a bit more tasteful, like the Queen and/or Will & Kate.James Place currently has a few Asian food stores, like the Vietnamese bakery, Korean food and a couple of Japanese sushi outlets. So, for example, the focus there could be on Asian cuisine, and have the focus on diversifying the experience to include Mongolian, Thai, Chinese, etc. Other cultural themes could include a LGBT-friendly laneway, think Castro Street - San Francisco, an 80s laneway which celebrates all things 80s, a kids laneway with chalk walls, Barney and adventure play-spaces, take inspiration from what IKEA has done to improve the child-friendliness of their store with the occasional tunnel or slide to go through/down on in the store. etc.
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    • Paul over 8 years ago
      I have to say these ideas sound a bit 'theme parkish'. I think being a little bit less structured and more 'organic' in the way spaces evolve would be the way to go. Make it easier for people to be innovative and let the community come up with the ideas........where ever they happen.
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      • Bowen Ellames over 8 years ago
        I agree with Paul - communities develop organically. If you open the laneways up to everybody at first - eventually certain demographics and/or customers will gravitate to particular shops and cafés in different laneways - thereby creating 'themes' in a way that characterize each laneway.
    • Rundle-1 over 8 years ago
      I just want to say that I agree with Andrew, an 80s laneway that celebrates pop-culture from the 80s, would be very cool. :)
  • Adelaide Booksellers over 8 years ago
    I agree with most of what has been said so far. The laneways need to be bright, light, interesting and accessible. So bold signage at both ends to "invite" the explorer shoppers and assist those trying to find something or somebody [business]; add bright lighting so that even on the darkest day or night the lanes are inviting and safe [and with less opportunity for vandalism], entry "markers" [needs to link with signage] but something that attracts attention and perhaps even creates and alternative meeding place - so perhaps clever us of street art, murals etc. Create thematic "laneways" so that like businesses cluster and support each other. Vehicle access is an issue - but if you want active lanes ways then the vehicles have to go - create other areas that are used as "service areas" for deliveries etc and have the "cleaning" vehicles out by say 10am. In a nut shell, light bright, inviting and interesting [and I agree with small businesses rather than major chains.
  • Nicole over 8 years ago
    Rundle Mall's laneways need more public toilets, seating areas and greenery(ie. shrubs and trees) to attract native widlife. Also, solar panels NEED to be employed in larger chain stores to power their lights/airconditioning. So much electricity is wasted in lighting during the middle of the day! The laneways should be kept a bit obscure with a variety of different cultural food and small shops available. Also, tasteful graffiti art could look effective, if it is not overdone.
  • JxC about 8 years ago
    Even though it may be inconvenient for drivers and delivery but make some of the lane ways pedestrian only, so the middle, where the road is can look better and the walk ways can be expanded because at the moment, they are extremely narrow and for busy places like Gawler place It makes me want to stay away since it is choas.
  • Adelaide Booksellers about 8 years ago
    The laneways should be light bright and free of vehicle traffic most of the day. This will require changes to vehicle access to bring the laneways into line with the Mall proper. As far a lighting goes, all of the images of other successful laneways show bright, colourful and attractive lighting - this ought to be a priority for Adelaide. Once the lanes are brighter, lighter and well signposted then more visitors will be willing to explore the offer available. Unless this sort of change is made and sustained the laneways will drift back to "loading zones" and be unattractive to visitors and retailers alike.The Masterplan talks of "mobile" food etc - why not start with these in the laneways. Also adding street art or murals to large blank walls could add interest and colour.