Some Townsville business people appear excited by the prospect of laneway developments in Townsville CBD, which has struggled for years to compete as a retail centre against the big suburban shopping centres at Aitkenvale and Willows (see CBD set to move into the espresso lane and Flinders St Traders welcome laneway precinct). Many Townsville residents are obviously skeptical, however, based on a poll on the Townsville Bulletin website:
I voted no in the poll, because, as I’ve posted on before (see Townsville’s Flinders St to re-open for traffic by June), I think it’s unrealistic to expect much of a revival in the CBD for a couple of reasons:
- the Townsville CBD is no longer the geographic centre of Townsville due to strong population growth out past Aitkenvale, and
- the big suburban air-conditioned shopping centres are very popular given Townsville’s tropical heat and humidity.