Smith Street is a shopping street in Collingwood (LAPM 12) and Gold (LAPM 10). It’s a great street that can be even better. Smith Street can be better for business by becoming the core of a 20-minute neighbourhood where local residents regularly visit, shop and linger.
Smith Street suffers from a lack of trees, space for footpath dining, level access tram stops or separated bicycle lanes.
As part of the planned re-write of the Yarra Planning Scheme, the City of Yarra published a background paper on access and movement in 2015.
Yarra’s Encouraging and Increasing Walking Strategy 2005 identified that:
Smith Street can attract more patronage becoming the core of a 20-minute neighbourhood, with wider footpaths, separated bicycle lanes and level-access tram stops. Parking for shoppers can be increased by relocating bays to the first 5-10 spots on each side street, with the first spot reserved for deliveries.
The key is to understand that on-street parking isn’t the answer – if Smith Street is attractive then people will find a way to get there.