I quite like Uptown's concept of pushing the big buildings to the edge and having a large opening in the middle. It makes for a great event space and parents love taking their kids to the water park area there. It's a much more active place than a strip mall at the back of a parking lot.
Agreed... and who really want to have public realm along that part of Blanshard or Douglas? It is a on ramp to a highway... not some sacred rural area. Uptown addressed its surroundings well by turning it's back to them.
There are enough people jaywalking across Blanshard as it is without it having become some encouraged pedestrian paradise.