Thursday, June 21, 2007

parking past, parking future

Sometimes documenting the obvious is necessary. There is news that an audit by the city controller finds that no local parking operator gave back the 5% tax reduction that took place earlier this year. Is this really surprising?

Actually I am surprised there is not a bigger discussion over the future of parking Downtown. Lots of things are going to tighten the parking situation there: Not just the current and proposed bus cutbacks, but also take into account the Penguins proposed redevelopment of the Melody Tent site, currently used for parking; any other disruption in local parking caused by the construction of the new arena; and then the new casino coming in that will impact both the demand and supply of parking. Has anyone thought through the traffic/parking impacts on Downtown when all this is happening at once?

2 Comments:

Blogger Skip said...

You mean like the 'study' produced by the fox for the chickens on the North Side? Then of course you have this to address the transit issues. It's all really brilliant.

Thursday, June 21, 2007 5:46:00 PM  
Blogger EdHeath said...

"Has anyone thought through the traffic/parking impacts on Downtown when all this is happening at once?" Why am I thinking that Merrill Stabile, of Alco Parking Corp, maybe has thought through the impact of new construction dahntahn on parking? I am guessing that most parking lots fill to capacity during the weekday, so a rate reduction would only reduce revenue.

Friday, June 22, 2007 7:12:00 AM  

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