The mall has abundant free parking. If we have abundant free parking we can be as successful as the mall. Let's tear down a large percentage of our city and dedicate it to parking.
|This is one kind of main street,|
But not the one we need.
Still, from 1937 this remains our ideal - via NYRB
Unfortunately, our autoism and its two main downtown theses are probably the biggest barriers to a real main street and its benefits:
- Our downtown vitality depends on massive amounts of close-by free parking
- Our downtown vitality depends on massive amounts of through-traffic on our major arterials
Over at SCV a couple of recent threads exemplified this. Here's a typical comment from one:
We aren't going back to the days of horse and buggy, how is the business going to attract ppl. If only walkers and bicycle are only accessing the stores.? We have four lanes for the reason stated in article, it doesn't get congested for that reason. If you have cars looking for a spot to park on left and right side that frees up the two lanes to FLOW.Here's a cartoon variation:
|(Ian Lockwood, via Public Square)|
|Here's a redesign of a four-lane main street,|
of City Transportation Officials - NACTO)
Without that, it will be more cosmetic than structural and enduring.
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