Thursday, July 24, 2008

More Parking for Fewer Downtown Attractions?

Meredith Joy at Yay Bikes brings us this graphic from Kyle Ezell's website, GetUrban.com.


So, what are we looking at, here? Well, cartographic fans among you will recognize this as downtown Columbus. The red spots indicate surface parking lots. In studying this, I don't think it includes parking structures, only surface lots (using the location of the Laveque Tower parking garage as a guide).

And people complain that there's not enough parking downtown! Think of all the historic buildings that Columbus used to have that have come down to provide temporary parking for cars. It's just more indication that better urban planning is something that Columbus needs to adopt.

I'd be interested to see, though, how much the parking situation has changed with more people taking public transportation, biking, and walking ever since the fuel price hikes!

People, not speed.

4 comments:

  1. Several parking lots have been built upon in the last few years. Still a lot of red, but at least some minor improvements in the right direction. The Gay Street "Neighborhood Launch" project is displacing 9 lots, LC's apartment project on South Front is displacing 2 lots, and the new Courthouse building is displacing 4 lots. Just off the top of my head.

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  2. That's great news. I think the concern, though, is with people who still think they have to drive to get anywhere, and therefore think they need parking. Of course, with apartment projects that may become less of an issue since there will be a built-in customer base for these new businesses.

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  3. I totally agree. It's going to take a huge shift in mindset before the average Columbusian (Columbian? Columbusite?) feels comfortable traveling by bus or bike or scooter or future rail system. Hopefully we'll continue to move towards that point though.

    Keep up the great work on the blog by the way! :D

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  4. I've never been there, but it seems like plenty of space devoted to cars. Of course, that's just me.

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