Tuesday July 1 2014

One-stop-centre malls help curb city congestion

By Simon J. Mone

In a society where families prefer to do shopping from supermarkets and malls, customers expect to find all goods and services within one place. Driving from one supermarket to another has always been a hassle. It is thus important to encourage the development of one-stop-centre malls.
Doing this ensures that customers buy every item from the same premises. At present, when one enters the city with the aim of buying items, they have to wander from shop to shop.
The current practice where all kinds of traffic intermingle on the same carriageway does not allow easy movement while shopping. Given that many shopping centres do not have ample parking space, motorists are forced to park along main road sections. This hinders effective road usage and causes congestion.
It also contributes to rendering sections of road lanes unusable because vehicles queue up the entire lane.
Developments of malls will ensure that customers get all goods and services in one place in the city and would lessen the bustle on city streets. Customers would not spend long shopping. They would be able to access the bank, forex bureau, leisure and entertainment all under one roof.
Shopping malls, because of having ample parking lots, would keep a significant proportion of motorists off the streets, which rids the city of the problem of traffic congestion. Buyers would not have to wander from one shopping centre to another. They would keep off the roads, hence keeping city streets clear. Modern shopping malls give the city magnificent scenery with state-of-the art architecture. They add to the modernisation of retailing where a large number of retailers aggregate in one area. Many young people will also find employment as a result of malls development. Malls are designed according to recognised best urban design practices to ensure good quality living environments.
Environmental improvements will be realised as there will be better waste handling within malls. There will be reduced air emissions from declining traffic due to one-stop shopping.
In the meantime, the absence of one-stop centres, should force us to think about creating public parking lots. If public parking was provided, current traffic volume would be taken care of efficiently.