March 5, 2009

Charming, but…

Eastwood City Walk's concept as a shopping area is charming. It was made to look like a cobblestone street lined with three-story buildings on both sides. In truth, it's really just two long buildings connected on one end, but they change the design of the facade every few meters. Each building has wide promenades and even the second level has open corridors so you can look out over the 'street.' There are also balconies in some of the third level spaces to reinforce the illusion of being in a genteel European street. Unfortunately, what makes Eastwood City Walk charming is also the reason why it never succeeded as a shopping area. With the heat and humidity of Manila, no one wants to walk up and down those open corridors to go window-shopping. How many people actually go shopping with a particular item or store in mind? A few specialty shops are still there, plus some cafés and restaurants, but they're all only up to the second level—I haven't seen a shop on the third level in years.

shops at Eastwood City Walk

19 comments:

Olivier said...

c'est la vie des centres commerciaux, il y en a beaucoup où il ne reste plus beaucoup de magasins, souvent en effet quelques restaurants arrivent à survivre ;o(
it is the life of shopping centres, there is a lot where there do not remain any more many stores, often in effect some restaurants succeed in surviving ;o(

Pat and Abe said...

Reminiscent of the old row houses in Baltimore, Maryland where Patty and I lived just before I got out of the Army. Seems like ages ago. 1957..

Abraham Lincoln
Brookville, Ohio

अविनाश said...

true not many go with any specific shop on mind.....with recession hitting d globe can't see them doin any good business in near future

Pam said...

Hilda, I love the angle of this shot. They did a beautiful job of building the mall, they just failed to think it through. They should have asked you what you thought :D

angela said...

What a pity..I find these small specialist shops fascinating though if I'm honest I rarely buy much..

Z said...

Interesting background information. Another example of where the designers should have thought more about the environment in which they were building, and how people like to move about.

Lois said...

It's very pretty. I don't think a mall like that would be successful around here either.

skywind said...

Economic depression now, may be more bad before. : (

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Jarart said...

Interesting angle on this shot. At least they chose nice colors for the buildings.

Halcyon said...

This reminds me of the Renaissance shopping area over here in Jackson. Outdoor malls are making a comeback in the US, but I'm sure in a few years people will start thinking that traditional malls are great and we'll all go back to that!

Saretta said...

This looks an awful lot like the Outlet mall here in Molfetta...globalisation anyone?

Martin in Bulgaria said...

Bad business! Good photo!

Laurie said...

I think weather is the main culprit. Who wants to browse outside in 100% humidity? I remember the outdoor shopping centers falling to indoor malls back when I was a kid growing up in Austin. with 100 degree plus summers, nobody wanted to wander in the heat when they could be in air conditioned spaces.

Great shot, though Hilda. It does look like a really pretty place.

Jacob said...

It does look nice. I can understand why it didn't succeed. Some developer dummies in Florida have built outdoor malls - here in Ocala and I know in other cities, like Destin. They're way too hot in the summer and too cold in the winter...I don't get it.

Marc said...

The buildings look pretty nice anyway; nice shot!

the donG said...

i also noticed that. and i also noticed that a lot of shops are slowly closing in some malls.

Neva said...

But it looks nice right!? what a hoot....I like the colors....

Mo said...

i think Laurie is right. Shopping in air conditioned arcades is the culprit

lunarossa said...

So sad, it looks so nice! But I can understand that without air conditioning nobody would like to venture out in those temperatures! All the best. Ciao. A.