November 2020

Parking spaces

Next mayor must pledge to cut thousands of ‘parking’ spaces – Streetsblog New York City

What have we learned the most from COVID? That the streets are for people.

Mayor’s initiatives such as “open streets,” which have turned over 60 miles at no cost – except for car owners who believe they, and they alone, can leave their private property in the public right of way … for free in most of the cases.

So what’s the next step? Let’s move on to the video tape!

How Streetsblog covered Amsterdam innovation.
How Streetsblog covered Amsterdam innovation.

Last year I traveled to Amsterdam to cover the news that the newly victorious Green Party is launching an initiative to reallocate 10,000 parking spaces to prioritize life, cycling, greenery and the countryside. calm. We did two separate Streetfilms on the plan (the news was so good!), And both movies sparked discussions online in other cities about doing the same.

And New York? In addition to the Mayor’s Restaurant initiative, we are lagging far behind other North American cities, such as Montreal and San Francisco, which have built parklets in former “parking” spaces for most of the past decade. .

But our experience with COVID shows we can do better – New Yorkers demand it every time they frequent a restaurant with a pavement seating area along the sidewalk.

So why stop there? Restaurant owners love having the extra space, but so do residents of non-commercial communities, who could certainly find much better ways to use excess and unnecessary public space to improve their communities rather than providing a free parking for a minority of wealthy neighbors. .

As of Monday, the 2021 mayoral race officially begins (we were all waiting for this Biden-Trump thing to end). Thus, no serious candidate for mayor can dodge the question: where are you in reallocating the space at the edge of the street for community use? Do you have an annual goal or a more general idea? We have a lot more parking spaces than in Amsterdam, so if the Dutch can eliminate 10,000 spaces, we can certainly do a lot more.

Isn’t that right, mayoral candidates? Let’s hear what you have to say.

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Parking spaces

With three times more parking spaces than parking spaces, Wilmington is looking to revise its parking requirements

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – The city of Wilmington has about three times more parking spaces than green space, but changes could be made to the city’s land development code to prevent the trend from continuing .

On Monday morning, Wilmington City Council heard a presentation on the results of a parking study conducted between 2019 and 2020. The study analyzed parking lots across the city at various locations, including grocery stores, restaurants, retail stores and apartment complexes. .

“There’s about 2,076 acres of parking, or about 3 square miles within our city limits and we only have about 700 and something of park space/open space…we have three times that.” parking space we. park space in our city,” said Ron Satterfield, Deputy Director of Planning.

the The City of Wilmington continues to work on updating its LDC, a massive project that is happening in phases, and parking standards will be revised and presented to city council in mid-November, he said.

The parking study results showed that, for the most part, parking lots in Wilmington are not reaching capacity, in fact, the majority of parking lots surveyed had an average of no more than 50% of capacity.

There are, of course, exceptions to this. Olive Garden reached 100% capacity on weekends and average capacity of 81% during the week and 77% on weekends; Chick-fil-A, on the other hand, peaked at 92% on weekends and averaged 45% and 47% on weekdays and weekends, respectively.

Note: Most of the study was done in 2019, before the pandemic. Only Lowe’s and Home Depot parking trends were studied in 2020.

Most of the parking study was done in 2019 before the coronavirus pandemic.(City of Wilmington)

Each parking lot in the study was observed for a total of six hours at different times of the day, weekends and weekdays, associate planner Megan Upchurch said.

Restaurants weren’t the only parking lots studied, the city also looked at Lowe’s and Home Depot as well as several apartment complexes in Wilmington and the results were similar, businesses and developers are installing far more parking spaces than meets the eye. is used.

City staff are suggesting removing minimum parking standards for all uses except some residential uses, Satterfield said, and changing the maximum number of spaces for different uses.

Parking is an important part of developments, particularly in relation to retail stores, and members of council have expressed at least some concerns about the reduction in the maximum number of parking spaces allowed, as retailers often schedule seasons loaded and peaks like Black Friday and Christmas shopping.

City council will be presented with the proposed changes in about two weeks, Satterfield said.

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