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Parking costs money, depresses business

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  • Richard Risemberg
    Excellent article from Transport Canada show that replacing car parking with bicycle and pedestrian amenities improves business and saves cities money:
    Message 1 of 2 , Sep 2, 2010
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      Excellent article from Transport Canada show that replacing car
      parking with bicycle and pedestrian amenities improves business and
      saves cities money:

      http://tinyurl.com/239vzpu

      The article quotes studies and case histories form various cities in
      North America and Europe, as well as dollar figures. Safety also went
      up, with some cities reporting a 30% in bicycle accidents even with
      bike traffic higher.

      RR
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      Richard Risemberg
      http://www.bicyclefixation.com
      http://www.newcolonist.com
      http://www.rickrise.com







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    • Karen Sandness
      Parking not only depresses business--it is just plain depressing. About twenty years ago, both Minneapolis and St. Paul decided to redevelop poorer areas of
      Message 2 of 2 , Sep 3, 2010
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        Parking not only depresses business--it is just plain depressing.

        About twenty years ago, both Minneapolis and St. Paul decided to
        "redevelop" poorer areas of their cities by imposing suburban-like
        patterns on them in the form of big box stores surrounded by parking
        lots. Neither the big box stores nor the parking lots are well
        maintained, and the result is a barren and depressing landscape,
        especially in the winter, when the wind howls and walking across those
        parking lots is an exercise in endurance.

        Ironically, the remaining traditional brick buildings have been
        leased by Latino and African immigrants and present a lively selection
        of restaurants, ethnic markets, and storefronts for people engaged in
        skilled trades.

        In transit,
        Karen Sandness
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