Planning for resilient central-city shopping districts in the post-Covid era: an explanatory case study of the Hoddle Grid in Melbourne

Fujie Rao*, Sun Sheng Han, R. Pan

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Abstract

This research explores how central-city shopping districts could be transformed to support a post-Covid lifestyle, where people re-embrace community, local streets and walking while relying more on online shopping. By reviewing metropolitan/city development plans since the 1980s and mapping changes of retail provisions, urban environment and pedestrian movements in Melbourne’s Hoddle Grid in the twenty-first century, this paper shows that planning policies focusing on people-centred experiences in the central-city shopping district helped to improve retail resilience. This paper thus adds insights to understanding the relentless retail landscape changes and has implications for central-city retail planning in the post-Covid era.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)575-596
Number of pages22
Journal Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society
Volume15
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2022

Keywords

  • adaptive resilience
  • retail planning
  • online retailing
  • urbanity
  • mix
  • pedestrian

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