Parking costs money, depresses business
- Excellent article from Transport Canada show that replacing car
parking with bicycle and pedestrian amenities improves business and
saves cities money:
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.
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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