On this visit there were noticeably more shoppers and as the whole development is not super big most people leave their cars in the ample parking buildings surrounding the main street and walk between the stores. Only as the sidewalks fill up it becomes less of a walk and more of a shuffle trying to avoid the street furniture, the plantings, baby strollers, and fellow pedestrians while traffic controllers wearing vests with "pedestrian safety" written on the back do their best to manage both the pedestrians and the cars at the intersections. Why did the developers not follow the Woodbury Commons example and make the space between the stores pedestrian only??? Why anyone was bothering to drive down the main street instead of using one of the parking buildings is a mystery to me. I can only assume it falls under the "because it was there" school of thinking. And while at least pedestrians have sidewalks however inadequate, I saw no cycle lanes at all.
The photo immediately below is Ridge Hill and the one below that is Woodbury Commons.
Just to drive the point home if you will excuse the pun, here's a piece from Price Tags about the huge number of unsold cars just hanging out in various parts of the world waiting for enthusiastic drivers to show up with fat wallets. Click on the link below to read the article.
They Just Keep Piling Up
The photo below is from the same article and shows something of the scale. It is time to start designing more inclusively, and time for the car manufacturers and car sales yards to scale back. I'm not anti car but we can do better with our land use in relation to transport choices.