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"Part of the problem is that those who are opposed to the proposal to remove parking minimums equate it with removing parking."

No, it should be equated with transfering private costs (i.e., a developer's cost to provide at least some off-street parking) to the public sphere, when more and more vehicles are parked on already overcrowded public streets.

If OP were serious about eliminating parking minimums, they would have the new rule apply only near Metro stops, not along bus corridors where the service remains erratic and unreliable. (Just ask the Glover Park ANC commissioners who don't want to give up ward-wide RPP because they think the 30s bus line service sucks.) OP ought to follow Arlington's policy and exclude no-parking developments from street parking permit status, to prevent the aforementioned shifting of costs and to encourage transit use.

Otherwise, it's just a smoke screen to increase developer margins on new projects at the expense of the general public.

by JasperJ on Feb 14, 2013 3:29 pm • linkreport

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