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TST Waterfront 4: NWD forgot crowd control

2015/8/27 — 10:03

When the Town Planning Board approved the application for development of restaurants and foot decks by New World Development (NWD), they set conditions. They asked NWD to submit and implement a crowd management plan to the satisfaction of the Police and the Town Planning Board.

Looking at the designs, it is clear that NWD forgot to include this. Similarly, LCSD forgot to include this despite many reminders in the redevelopment of the Museum of Art.

Surely, crowd and event management should be considered BEFORE designing waterfront facilities.

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Today, when there is an event, the promenade is stuffed with trucks loaded with power generators polluting the air, temporary stage and seating structures blocking pedestrian flows, cables running everywhere for people to step over, and for weeks the place is crowded with mills barriers – the metal fences with the nasty little feet sticking out for people to trip over.

If we are going to close the waterfront for three years, the Public should expect that event management is designed into the waterfront. The decks should be designed so that we can use them during events as viewing platforms. Sound, light, power and internet, should all be wired in. There should be little need for temporary structures, cables, air pollution, and the thousands of mills barriers, if the facilities is well designed.

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