A suburban Subway on an urban street
“Urbanism starts with the location of the parking lot.” — David Sucher
(Jon) When the downtown Fort Wayne Subway shop was torn down to make way for Harrison Square, it was a safe bet that it would rebuilt nearby.
And with the recent emphasis on downtown renewal, this property at the southeast corner of Jefferson Boulevard and Clinton Street was a prime location for a great, urban-looking business.
Alas, we have this suburban Subway, smack in the middle of downtown.
Oh, I’m sure it’ll be a great-looking building, and far better looking than its previous one. But an opportunity was wasted, and I don’t know why the city didn’t make the case for Subway to locate its restaurant on the property in a way that reflected its urban setting.
In other words, to make this Subway’s site plan more urban, move the building to the corner and the parking around the back.
Here’s an admittedly simple graphic by David Sucher that shows what I’m talking about:
If the Subway had been located right on the corner, downtown Fort Wayne would have taken a step toward being a more walkable neighborhood. It’s too bad that this simple idea wasn’t considered before the building went up.