Monday, August 6, 2012

Whole Foods criticised for store design

There's a furore in San Jose, Southern California,  as Whole Foods is being criticised for a rather sterile design of a new store there. As we know, Whole foods is also slated to open a new store in the development at 1860 Bayview Ave (at Broadway Ave.) here in Toronto. It's not likely WF will have much to do with the exterior design of the 1860 Bayview store because it is part of a development. But in Silicon Valley, attention has focused on things like a long outside wall of corrugated steel. Boring. The writer here recalls urbanologist Jane Jacobs rule that "blank walls kill the vibrancy of a street." Maybe there is a lesson there for local developers.

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