Question... how many pounds of food would he estimate he grows per year on that site?
@AWG, that was not Mechanicsville. It was in nearby Pittsburgh.
Folks, not even a parking deck. Just an even uglier surface lot.
It's hard to pack everything into one article. For more information I'd recommend Walkable City by Jeff Speck. For a deeper tome, The High Cost of Free Parking by Donald Shoup.
As most comments state, the point isn't to get rid of parking. Perhaps it could be summed up best by saying "We need to use less land for parking". Replace 5 lots with one deck, that kind of thing. Yes, that will make parking more expensive, and yes you may have to walk instead of parking immediately at your destination (accommodations must be made for the disabled, of course). People that want to pay more to be closer probably could.
Regarding the financing/lending. A whole piece - several - could be written about lending, the secondary mortgage market, etc. The market would adapt. Hell, it adapted to the car. If Atlanta is only worth building in because our city provides cheap parking, then we're in a hell of a lot of trouble. But if there's more to this city than free parking, our construction habits will change... smaller businesses that are walkable and serve the area they are in, not ones that just happen to be somewhere. New businesses next to underutilized parking lots that can be shared. An emphasis on transit routes (including main bus routes). The banks and developers will figure out a way to make money under whatever system of rules is proposed.
Again, all this will take time. With a parking Marshall Plan, it would take us 30 years to undo what we've done. Change would be so slow and gradual, we'd hardly even notice. But it will never happen if we don't start.
@MrMateo Private business isn't obligated to develop a community. Perhaps you were unaware that Ft. McPherson is public property, overseen by a board appointed by public officials, who are supposed to act in their community's best interest.
And I would strongly support giving entrepreneurs and small businessmen and women incentives to open in the buildings in Ft. Mac. That's exactly what we support as opposed to one colossal, gated off fortress that will serve no benefit.
One more thing for clarification. It's not the business's obligation to benefit the community. It's their obligation to make money. But there are businesses that by their shape and size, their relation to the street and community, that make it better for all. East Atlanta Village, for example.
@oydave There wasn't room in the piece, but the city wouldn't have to come up with $30 million. The army payments were staggered, no interest, and back loaded. The sale to GEMA of one building would've provided enough for the first payment and operations for 4 years while they sold other properties to make the next payment, and so on and so on. Like the current deal, Atlanta may have had to back everything with their line of credit ($13M).
Your point that no development comes out of these studios in the surrounding communities is, oddly, exactly my point. But since this is my community, and since I believe in Atlanta being a city of thriving neighborhoods, not the dumping ground for warehouses and offices tucked away without fanfare, I feel there are more appropriate locations for such tucking away.
Not sure getting aome feedback on a performance space adjacent to homes is a bottomless pitbof community hand holding. We have to live next to it, can we have a vote on the design?
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