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The impending parking crisis

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Need a parking place? Good luck.

They are the victims of a growing national parking crunch, the product of ever-increasing numbers of cars and scarcer places to put them in many cities.

In the past four decades, the number of registered vehicles has risen nearly 170% and the ranks of licensed drivers have doubled, Federal Highway Administration figures show.

The infrastructure is struggling to accommodate the crush. Many cities are experiencing downtown rebirths with new condos, hotels and office buildings, but the amount of parking on streets remains largely a fixed asset.

It's interesting the stupid ideas they recommend to fix the problem (although it is USA Today):

- Find parking through in-car navigation

- Reserving a parking space via cellphone

- Paying for meters via cell-phone in some cities

Nothing about expanding mass transit, shuttle systems, biking, walking, etc..

But the voice of reason comes from Ann Arbor's DDA Director:

The key appears to be striking a balance of need. In Ann Arbor, Mich., University of Michigan students compete with other residents for coveted parking spaces downtown. At its worst, motorists sometimes can take 10 minutes finding a spot, says Susan Pollay, executive director of the city's Downtown Development Authority.

The city is studying the parking issue but hopes that parking is only one solution, along with buses, bikes and walking.

"We have become smarter in realizing that parking is not the silver bullet," Pollay says. Rather, it's just "a tool in the toolbox" to a total transportation solution.

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Need a parking place? Good luck.

They are the victims of a growing national parking crunch, the product of ever-increasing numbers of cars and scarcer places to put them in many cities.

In the past four decades, the number of registered vehicles has risen nearly 170% and the ranks of licensed drivers have doubled, Federal Highway Administration figures show.

The infrastructure is struggling to accommodate the crush. Many cities are experiencing downtown rebirths with new condos, hotels and office buildings, but the amount of parking on streets remains largely a fixed asset.

It's interesting the stupid ideas they recommend to fix the problem (although it is USA Today):

- Find parking through in-car navigation

- Reserving a parking space via cellphone

- Paying for meters via cell-phone in some cities

Nothing about expanding mass transit, shuttle systems, biking, walking, etc..

But the voice of reason comes from Ann Arbor's DDA Director:

The key appears to be striking a balance of need. In Ann Arbor, Mich., University of Michigan students compete with other residents for coveted parking spaces downtown. At its worst, motorists sometimes can take 10 minutes finding a spot, says Susan Pollay, executive director of the city's Downtown Development Authority.

The city is studying the parking issue but hopes that parking is only one solution, along with buses, bikes and walking.

"We have become smarter in realizing that parking is not the silver bullet," Pollay says. Rather, it's just "a tool in the toolbox" to a total transportation solution.

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I am simply going to save everyone the pain of the diatribe I could write on this... suffice to say, I am incredulous that Ann Arbor's DDA is just now seeing the light - for Pete's sake! There are knowledgeable planning types and students crawling all over that town that have known this for years!!! Maybe the whole town is too busy tilting the windmills of affirmative action? (rolling my eyes).

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