Thanks to several commenters on THIS Price Tags post who are concerned about the pedestrian realm planned for Vancouver’s new, improved Oakridge Centre.
I’ve found some recent (2018) design material that seems to address at least one concern. There does appear to be a diagonal pedestrian route from the Transit Plaza (41st and Cambie) through the new Oakridge Centre to the affluent residential area to the west and south. Today, at old Oakridge, there is no diagonal route. There is a meandering route through the mall and parking lots — closed after hours.
In addition, the nice words in THIS 2018 document refer repeatedly to mobility concerns for the site, elevators and escalators for access to the upper level parks and plazas.
Presumably, with thousands of people living in various buildings around the site, there will not be locked gates at the entrances, and much of the site will be accessible to the public and residents. People, especially residents, will want to come and go at all hours of the day and night. A lock-off would likely be a big turnoff, and might hurt condo sales.
It also seems to me that the pedestrian experience on 41st Avenue and Cambie Street will be much improved. Today, it’s nothing more than a succession of parking lots and their entrances.