10 things I want for Canberra… Instalment number nine

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In the lead up to Christmas Canberra CBD Limited is looking at its wish list to revive the City Centre… 

This is the ninth instalment in this series.

9. A connected city

The prosperity of any city is directly linked to it being a city that is bustling with activity – a place where people want to live, work, learn, purchase and socialise. For this, a city needs to be a connected and accessible place.

In a joint discussion paper with the Property Council of Australia, released earlier this year, Transforming Canberra’s City Centre, we talked about the value in making the connection between City East, City West and Braddon with no division or definition. Unifying the heart of our city is at the core of this but to unify we need to ensure our city is easy to work and live in.

Clear, user-friendly signage, sight lines and landmarks to help navigate routes through the city would encourage more of us car reliant city goers to opt for the walking or cycling option more often, and there are some serious benefits to having a city that makes walking and cycling easier.

Allowing people to get in, out and around our city easily will make it more attractive for residents, business and visitors.

Not only does it have obvious health benefits – we instinctively know that a walkable city is a good thing – a connected city that successfully caters to foot traffic also creates activated public spaces filled with energy and lots of economic activity for local businesses.

Helping people move freely and safely will help us have a smart, more liveable and sustainable city centre.

Visitors will become return visitors and Civic and Braddon would enjoy even greater depth, vibrancy and success in urban placemaking.

Ensuring we create good connections between people and places makes our city more sustainable and more successful.

Fundamentally, a successful city is one that enables people to interact with it and with each other.

If Civic and Braddon has a focus on walking, cycling, connectivity, and promoting healthy lifestyles, these places become healthy and active too.

After all, cities are about people not buildings and roads and the heart of our city should always be a place for people.

 

To read more in the series;

Instalment number one – Enlivening our walkways and laneways

Instalment number two – Place making and city connectivity

Instalment number three – Pride in our heritage

Instalment number four – Brining local business back to the heart

Instalment number five – Bush capital authenticity

Instalment number six – Bringing Floriade to the city

Instalment number seven – Artistic license

Instalment number eight – Innovation and hot-desks