One way to address the parking problem is to reduce our dependence on cars.
In tandem with the effort to revisit the parking exclusion zones, I would like to work with businesses within this zone to establish some kind of satellite parking served by a shuttle, which could also be used to provide subsidized "Uber Pool" service. With this service residents can pay a minimal fee (one dollar?) for an on-demand ride between any point within city limits. This shuttle could play an essential role in our transportation infrastructure once the Smart train comes to town, as it would potentially be able to ferry riders from their front door to the depot - and from the depot to the front door of businesses around town.
Of course, cars are not the only way to access downtown. With relatively little money and effort we can do many things to improve bike friendliness of the downtown area. Many bikers know that the currently available bike parking areas are woefully inadequate. We can dramatically improve access simply by installing better bike parking. There are many excellent places for bike parking - the alley between Gold Bloom and the Goat is one; the “tip of the triangle” just south of the Chamber of Commerce building is another. Perhaps two or three spaces in the lot at the corner of Plaza and East can be converted to bike parking, or even a few spaces along the plaza itself.
Car share programs offer an intriguing way to address both the supply of parking and the cost of housing. I would work toward a reasonable and reliable guideline for using community car share lots to mitigate parking space requirements for residential developments. Expanding access to a car share service instead of building parking lots would not only support higher density housing with lower development cost and thereby lower housing costs, it would also eliminate the expense of owning two cars per household.