Downtown Parking

The Question:

What is your plan to bring available downtown parking accessible to residents and not just visitors every day and night of the week?

My Answers:

Some people have said that we don’t have a parking problem - we have a transportation problem.  I think there is some truth to that statement, but I would expand it to say we have an “access to downtown” problem - and solving that problem effectively and efficiently will require creative attention to both parking and transportation.  Some have said that the easiest solution is the “G Word” option - a multi-story parking garage.  However I believe there are many options we can pursue before investing resources into a very expensive and contentious garage project.

I’ll focus my responses within two topics: increasing supply by leveraging existing parking and limiting demand by reducing our dependence on cars.


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