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@ Birdie. No surprise on the folks "well-known" to OP. There is a cadre of folks, many of whom unfortunately live near me in Ward 3, whose main goal is to show up at these meetings and to grandstand about the "war on cars," or everyone will get old and need a car, etc., mostly because they know the car thing is the only thing that will energize the base to get out and oppose these proposals.

If their logic is sometimes incoherent, that matters little because all they believe they need to do is to get the idea out there that OP wants to limit your ability to use your car.

The endgame here is to keep the current regulations in the hope that developers will find that buildings with parking causes them to be less than economically viable. And if that is the case, that means less development in the areas they live and where they want to drive. Simply stated, "no new development in Ward 3, ever."

Even if they succeed in derailing these changes, something each of us can help combat, development is coming because the economic upside for developers today far outweighs the cost of building parking. So just as they want to use a 50+ year old zoning code in perpetuity, they also believe the same economic model that has protected them from development all these years is still in place.

They are wrong about this last point.

by fongfong on Dec 11, 2012 1:45 pm • linkreport

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