There are a couple of reasons as to why this change has happened and the foremost is that though I am not much a fan of the mall culture but overtime and with my travels have become more and more an appreciator ; of open spaces .
After all what is life if you are just going round and round in levels without an open sky moving with you . CP over time has donned a new look and it makes it as a perfect hangout destination. Not to forget the large number of eateries opening in every circle in and around CP .
You have the best of brands in attendance , a whole lot of bargain for your coveted mobile handsets from covers to screens , old legacy places like Keventers , Wengers and United Coffee House to name a few and a lot of open seating wherever you wanna catch a breath.
What also is fun is CP is easily approachable and its a central meeting place for anyone and everyone . The state emporia buildings are also located in this area so are the head offices of major banks, airlines and other such things of importance to the tourist.
Did you know when CP came into being, the sprawling circular market was the largest of its kind in India. The British believed that the horseshoe-shaped market would prove lucky for the shoppers and the shopkeepers both. Guess that's true now.
Not to forget the national capital got its highest flagpole installed at the Central Park in CP .