Pasig City

I arrived late to Pasig City just as the sun was about to set. I caught some beautiful light as I entered the downtown area by City Hall. I have only previously been to the Pasig City on the other side of the Floodway and E.Rodriguez Ave. There are two cities in Pasig, the one on the City Hall side where there is a "Rainforest" theme park, the old church, the city market, and older neighborhoods, and the city on the Shaw Blvd. side where there is the burgeoning creative district of Kapitolyo, the central business district of Ortigas, and the new suburban/urban outdoor mall developments like Capital Commons. Pasig City seems to have a little bit of it all. 

 Immaculate Conception Cathedral 

Immaculate Conception Cathedral 

 The plaza in front of the Cathedral, clean, well kept, and used by residents. 

The plaza in front of the Cathedral, clean, well kept, and used by residents. 

 The ADB bike sharing program in front of City Hall. None of the bikes seem used and the sharing program has been questioned by many as being a poorly designed system. These are specifically designated for government officials. 

The ADB bike sharing program in front of City Hall. None of the bikes seem used and the sharing program has been questioned by many as being a poorly designed system. These are specifically designated for government officials. 

 The public space in front of the City Hall is a popular gathering spot. Adjacent to a main street, the government offices, and a pedestrian overpass,  the location seems ideal for a plaza. 

The public space in front of the City Hall is a popular gathering spot. Adjacent to a main street, the government offices, and a pedestrian overpass,  the location seems ideal for a plaza. 

 In Kapitolyo I noticed that this is the only city so far that has tasteful signage. The Pasig City lights are subtle and its refreshing to not see large painted epal, with politicians' names and faces at every corner. 

In Kapitolyo I noticed that this is the only city so far that has tasteful signage. The Pasig City lights are subtle and its refreshing to not see large painted epal, with politicians' names and faces at every corner. 

 Another light in pink. This lets me know I'm on a main street. 

Another light in pink. This lets me know I'm on a main street. 

 There are many eateries around Kapitolyo which is not necessarily unique in itself, but I did notice that the outdoor seating style was particularly inviting. This is a nice hybrid between a carinderia and a higher budget restaurant. Most of the food here is independent, local first time restaurants and this scale at the street level is a nice design pairing for these businesses. It would be wonderful if the whole street had cafe fronts like this one along wider sidewalks and bike lanes. 

There are many eateries around Kapitolyo which is not necessarily unique in itself, but I did notice that the outdoor seating style was particularly inviting. This is a nice hybrid between a carinderia and a higher budget restaurant. Most of the food here is independent, local first time restaurants and this scale at the street level is a nice design pairing for these businesses. It would be wonderful if the whole street had cafe fronts like this one along wider sidewalks and bike lanes. 

 Capital Commons, the newest development in the area is the Ayala Triangle of Pasig City. When I biked by on Friday evening people were hanging out on benches, jogging, and biking around the open green space. 

Capital Commons, the newest development in the area is the Ayala Triangle of Pasig City. When I biked by on Friday evening people were hanging out on benches, jogging, and biking around the open green space. 

 The streetfront seeting at the Buffalo Wings in the new Capital Commons area is lively on a Friday night. As far as malls go, the design here has a nice scale, for the street design invites walkability, and it feels more like a neighborhood commercial area than a massive commercial complex. If there must be malls, let them at least be like this. The parking/traffic situation remains to be seen. 

The streetfront seeting at the Buffalo Wings in the new Capital Commons area is lively on a Friday night. As far as malls go, the design here has a nice scale, for the street design invites walkability, and it feels more like a neighborhood commercial area than a massive commercial complex. If there must be malls, let them at least be like this. The parking/traffic situation remains to be seen.