Thank you. I could hardly have made the point better myself.Calling that odd corner a park is really a bit of a stretch. They didn't make it inviting at all and the sculpture leaves a lot to be desired.
I think you also have to understand the surroundings. While there are crosswalks there, it might be one of the busiest intersections in SLP, and the traffic is really moving around that corner. That coupled with all of the seniors in the area doesn't bode well. Besides that there is a parking lot across 36th where all of the small businesses are located. Why would anyone want to cross the street to look at lame sculpture and some potted plants? Towerlight itself is just senior housing and a daycare, so there's not much going on there unless your visiting or dropping off kids.
Now mentally flip 36th Street around so that TowerLight is on the north and those shops are on the south and transpose it on top of 77th Street at Pentagon Park north. So behind TowerLight is the Nine Mile Creek Trail and Fred Richards Park.
At 77th St., you don’t even have the nice shops across the street the way you do at 36th, but pretend it’s been redeveloped.
Are you going to go from the park and/or trail, past this long dead block, cross a busy street, to go to some potential shops? Because there are zero shops on the Pentagon Park (TowerLight) side. This is just something you have to slog through, because there’s no activity on the street.
Or are you more likely to continue east on the trail to France or west to 70th & Cahill, each of which has eateries & coffee shops & other destinations? Remember, you’ll hit the new 7200/7250 France development on the west side of France (which is a great development), so you won’t even need to cross France.
And are you likely to walk or bike to the park past this vast emptiness, or is it just better to drive there? What kind of user behavior is this development style encouraging in terms of people using the park/trail & getting there?