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Ms. Hemberger makes this claim in the comments of the post story.

DDOT (in a grant application linked to in the op-ed) estimates that 25% of the congestion downtown is cause by people circling in search of parking. Do we really want to make parking even harder to find? That seems counterproductive, especially when we're at a point where technology makes it increasingly possible to track parking availability in real time and direct drivers to the closest space

That seems to indicate she wants a supply side solution. But we know that every foot you devote to parking off street (and the entrances and exits required)means the loss of an opportunity for a more productive use of that space (office, or restaurant, or store)which makes that area of DC marginally less attractive. So yeah you have more parking but less of a reason to go there.

Why is managing demand such an abominable idea?

I drive into DC fairly often and I'd much rather pay with cash rather than my time so I can go ahead and get on with what I'm trying to do.

by drumz on Feb 14, 2013 3:50 pm • linkreport

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