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Millions will be wasted on new parking garage in Newark
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The purpose of this blog is to address advocacy issues as they pertain to bicyclists who ride for transportation today; to be a voice for those who use our pathways, streets, roads, and highways to commute, run errands, and/or simply transport ...
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The purpose of this blog is to address advocacy issues as they pertain to bicyclists who ride for transportation today; to be a voice for those who use our pathways, streets, roads, and highways to commute, run errands, and/or simply transport themselves from point A to point B.
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A huge stacked parking crater sits at the corner of S. Main and Beverly Road in Newark. More to come, apparently.

Newark Post -- Last week, the city secured the final piece of land necessary to move forward and consider plans to build a parking garage behind The Galleria on Main Street, and while some motorists and business owners support the project, others are worried a garage would alter the look of downtown.

“[The lot] gets filled up so fast,” said University of Delaware senior Emily Schmidt. “I know I’ve had several times my friends and I have tried to park here and there’s no spots. “I don’t think it’d block anyone’s views because there’s not much to see here anyways,” she added.

Some Kildare’s employees and Brew Ha Ha! staff, however, say they feel otherwise. “That would block all the views on our back patio,” said Kildare’s hostess Sierra Pinkett. “No one wants to stare at a parking garage. “It’s going to be a big gaudy building,” she added. “That’s why us and Brew Ha Ha! have back patios, because of the views.” [Continue reading ...]

Millions for increased car parking, but no dedicated funding for Bicycle Plan implementation. Studies show that City Council is making a big mistake.


Bloomberg: American Cities Are Haunted by Too Many Parking Spaces -- American car culture may be declining, but much of our urban infrastructure remains steadfastly centered around the automobile. Planning choices made in the heyday of car ownership may prove incompatible with a rising generation of consumers who seem remarkably disinterested in driving.

“In the ’50s and ’60s, cities did things like subsidize garage parking, and they condemned buildings so the lots could be used for parking,” says Norman Garrick, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Connecticut. Many, he adds, still require a minimal number of parking spots to be added for each new development. But it turns out that all the parking doesn’t pay off.

A pair of forthcoming studies by Garrick and several of his UConn colleagues examine the economic and sociological impacts of parking trends in six U.S. cities from 1960 to 2000. They conclude that some car-centric cities forfeit more than a thousand dollars per parking space per year in potential municipal revenues by using land for parking rather than more lucrative alternatives. The researchers also found that minimum parking requirements inhibit development and exacerbate traffic by placing incentives on car use rather than on walking and cycling. [Full article ...]

CityLab: Cars and Robust Cities Are Fundamentally Incompatible -- In Cambridge, Massachusetts, for example, officials adopted parking limits in the zoning code – parking limits that are lower than the minimum parking requirements in some cities today. Of the six cities we looked at, parking supplies in three cities just about leveled off after 1980. In the other three, parking supplies nearly doubled for a second time.

If the function of parking in these places was to enable growth and development, the data suggests they were abysmal failures. The number of people and jobs dropped by as much as 15 percent and the median family incomes fell by 20 to 30 percent in some places. Today, these places still struggle to compete in their regions. [Full article ...]

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