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Improved transit is key! Large chunks of the city really aren't that accessible by transit on the weekends especially. A trip that takes about 15 minutes by car on the weekend can take more than an hour on transit.

I also think we need to figure out ways to deal with parking in neighborhoods where parking is becoming scarce and non-rush hour transit isn't good.

I agree that car storage is not the best use of street parking (as someone who parks on the street), but after two years of trying to be car free I couldn't do it anymore. A big part of that was being diagnosed with a neurological disorder that results in fatigue, but the inability to get anywhere spontaneously on the weekend was a factor too.

I would reasonably happily pay for off-street parking, but there is no off street parking to be had in my neighborhood. So you've got limited street parking that is being overwhelmed by growth and limited transit. Of course existing residents are stressed about parking.

Can we find ways to help make existing off-street parking available to others(at a fee) in places where the spots sit empty on nights, weekends, and holidays? Could we make it financially disadvantageous for say the Autozone on H Street to keep the parking lot empty when they aren't open? This wouldn't open up huge numbers of spots, but I do think it might ease some of the tension that results in serious resistance to change.

by Kate W. on Feb 25, 2013 1:37 pm • linkreport

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