roadkill bill wrote:The folks that think parking should be abundant, convenient, and free (or cheap) have no knowledge of trying to provide parking, either as a private developer or as a public entity.
I have much knowledge of the parking situation in Madison, and that's enough to call bullshit. Convenient, abundant, free parking certainly are reasonable aspirations, even though they are not perfectly attainable. I can look around and see that the 2-hour parking system works rather well. The suggestion I would make is to allow more of it, lots of streets are needlessly marked for no-parking.
What is your objection? Well, we shall soon see....
roadkill bill wrote: Now, one pint I have to bring up is that people do not have to drive door to door for every trip, so parking (your car, since parking a bicycle, horse, wagon is an entirely different question) becomes a non-issue if you are not using your car to get to that location where there is trouble finding parking.
If there is a parking crunch somewhere, there is almost surely also another option for arriving at that destination. Walk a little farther, bike, take the bus, skateboard, or take a cab, and your parking issues are solved.
You are against plentiful parking because you want to limit and control people, tell them how to move and behave.
roadkill bill wrote: Tight parking supply does not equal lack of access for anyone.
Oh, the hell it doesn't. Tight, a.k.a. expensive, parking limits the freedom and opportunity for lower income people. A lot of people over 50 can't walk like they used to. It limits everyone to a considerable degree.
Obviously there are congested areas of cities where parking is limited by density. You want to limit parking by policy. Phooey.