this thing is kitschy. but, to also sound kitschy, people make places. and if people like this place, even the odd facades and bizarrely-mismatched fountains. it'll end up being a good place on the whole.
I recently saw a tiktok (because wading into that gong show always dredges up some fun stuff) and found a vid from one of those 'Explore Edmonton' type people (they go around to cafes and river valley lookouts and find instagram-worthy places for young, ever-so-hip people to visit) and they were 'featuring' this project. they wandered around the parking lot (the arcadia sign was up so it must have been recently) and got a few detail shots of the lamps, balconies, etc, as well as the obligatory selfies in front of the side murals. it was interesting to hear they're excited commentary about the place, about the decor, the style, the mural, and the brewery. they mentioned new businesses were gonna move in to (the people behind the vid were deffs not realtors so obviously no further detail was given there lol) On the whole it was a very positive video; posing the development as some kind of mini-Whyte Ave or something.
As much as the cynic in my sees the front parking as annoying, and the expensive detailing on the building pricing out local businesses from tenancies due to high rents, and the styling as cheesy (i've been to disney world waaayyy to many times to not greet a fake European street with an eye roll) Seeing that 45-second tiktok reminded me that for a lot of people, this is good. This is good enough. this is a pleasant enough place to walk, bike, or drive to, the facades novel enough to warrant coming to this Remedy versus the one 5 blocks away on 124, the murals pretty enough for a photo session, etc. there are a lot of people who see something like this as genuinely exciting, and as much as I want to push for even better, we gotta take the win that this may offer.