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Sunday, July 25, 2010

Parking European Style



Parking is a huge problem in many parts of Los Angeles (including here in the NoHo Arts District where it's nearly impossible to park) and as more and more bodies come here it will become an even bigger challenge.  At the same time goofy pols like former Clowncilman Mike Woo want developers to offer less parking thinking that will somehow solve the problem.  


"I want to create a parking crisis that will force people out of their cars.”
Mike Woo


Perhaps we can look to the Europeans for an answer.  Wohr Parking Systems has developed automatic parking systems (video) that shelve many more cars in a space than typical structures can. Such systems are in use around historic buildings where there is no room for parking lots.


Something LA should check out.

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Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Parking and Transportation: Let the Market Decide

LA City Officials including former goofy Clowncilman and Social Engineer Mike Woo have the goofiest of goofy ideas that is sure to get the NIMBY's panties in a bunch.

They want to allow developers to build high density housing without parking. The idea is that if there is nowhere to park at your place you'll be forced to use public transportation. Yes, there are actually people who come up with this stuff. “The carrot isn’t working (to get people to use public transportation),” says Planning Commissioner Mike Woo, “now it is time for the stick … I want to create a parking crisis that will force people out of their cars.”
"I want to create a parking crisis that will force people out of their cars.”
Mike Woo
Now the libertarian in me says that yes, developers should not be forced to provide parking. And if they didn't, the market will provide. Here's how.

If a development does not provide parking I have to consider the cost to me of living there. I am going to have to 1) take my chances parking on the street and park some distance from my home or 2) pay for a parking spot elsewhere as is done in New York City, or 3) dump my car and take public transit. Any of these choices MIGHT be attractive to me IF it reduces the cost of my monthly rent. On the other hand, I might prefer to rent a home where parking is provided. Either scenario would have to be taken into consideration by a developer much in the same way as the developer deciding to include a swimming pool or a weight room or air conditioning in an apartment development.

When it comes to public transportation those with cars are not avoiding it because they get a free parking place. Its because public transportation in Los Angeles for the most part, well, sucks.

If there was effective and better public transportation (some of which could be provided by private enterprise) more people would use it and get out of their cars.

Silly games like those proposed by goofballs like Woo are hardly the answer.

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