This is an example of urban planning without a thought to pedestrians. It is a world in which cars reign supreme and pedestrians are just above cockroaches in the “food chain”. It is a world in which pedestrians – what more people with disabilities – seem to be completely forgotten.
Thanks to the blog reader who sent this in with the following remarks:
Take a look at the awful world we are creating for ourselves. I was staying at (a hotel) in Mid Valley – and needed to get to the small tower (near the cream-coloured one on the right) 10 minutes walk.
But how? Apparently the girls from the office do walk to Mid-Valley for lunch, but what an experience, no pavements and massive pollution. No shelter under trees – cruelty. Designed by sick people to create sick people. Will anyone learn how backwards this thinking is?
Sorry the pic is so bad; it was taken through dirty uncleanable windows. The worst was feeling so trapped in the hotel – nowhere to walk but a shopping mall. Where is the fresh air in my face, the sound of birdsong, the touch of the sun? New York, Paris, London, Tokyo, but not KL.
It’s a sad day for Malaysia when you have to go to London to look for fresh air and a touch of the sun!
Could our urban planners seriously give some thought to making our streets more pedestrian friendly? You know, simple stuff such as wide, unobstructed pavements – without any sharp steps down and up again – lined by shady trees and lots of shrubs. A riot of colour from tropical flowers could do wonders to brighten up our urban spaces. Better still if we could have more pedestrian-only streets. Think especially of people with disabilities when doing your urban planning. Power to the pedestrians!