Parking begets development continued…
Love this quote
“No one’s walking four blocks to park; this isn’t New York City.”
~ Developer, on the need for more parking in Traverse City
I think we can all agree, Traverse City is not New York City. I’m not sure we all can agree that, given the right urban design, that people won’t walk 4 blocks. With the right design and policies, they might even walk more.
Regardless, the West End Car-Strorage Facility received more Record Eagle attention this morning. The locations under consideration for purchase were revealed (Numbers added):
The DDA has identified six potential sites: (1) the west and (2) east side of Pine Street at Front Street; (3) a city-owned parking lot on State Street behind the post office; (4) mostly vacant land on State Street east of Pine Street; (5) a lot between the north bank of the Boardman River and Garland Street, and (6) land behind the Bay Area Transfer Station on Hall Street.
See any that you like?
Again, just because I’d prefer we spend $8-$10 million dollars creating a leading edge network of complete streets, doesn’t mean I don’t support a parking deck. They can make sense. Still, as an advocate for a more balanced development approach, it’s depressing year after year to hear the City explain that we can’t afford $20k or $40k to connect a neighborhood sidewalk and then turn-around and explain how we can’t afford not to spend $8m storing cars.
If your city "can't" afford sidewalks, bike facilities or traffic calming, then they can't afford new streets or parking decks. #NewRule?—
MyWHaT/G. Howe (@glhjr) November 29, 2012
What do you need to see?
A few things I’d like to see as part of any parking deck proposal, depending on location:
- Revenue sharing with the neighborhoods for traffic calming and complete street projects.
- A ground level, accessed from the street, public toilet.
- Semi-heated bicycle parking facility.
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