Malleswaram residents aren’t interested in modern highrises.
Student survey: A survey by students from BMS College of Architecture studied aspects of Malleswaram like transportation, accessibility, demographics, governance, and culture. Here’s an interesting thing they found:
- Most of the residential apartments are only two or three-storeyed. Majority of the residents were happy with their traditional homes, especially around the Kadu Malleswara temple. The highrises are mostly in the northern parts near the Indian Institute of Science or on the other end off Mantri mall.
The locality’s demographics are older and local. It’s probably why traditional homes are favoured. It’s also why many of the places to eat in the area, known for their traditional South Indian fare have stayed put.
Local pride: Local residents don’t want to give up the traditional nature of the locality. Hence, highrises aren’t popular. One example of this was in 1997. Locals intervened in excavating a temple opposite the Kadu Malleswara temple and prevented the owner from giving it to real estate developers.