Went down there a few days ago to check out the Christmas decorations. They look pretty cool, particularly against the older buildings and signage.
Can understand why business people in the area are still angry about the upgrade. But with the light rail going through it and no more cars people can relax and wander back and forth between the many stores. It's sure to become a shopping hub to rank with Pitt St Mall nearby. In the long term businesses will benefit greatly.