the hearing at the Historic Landmarks Commission about the fate of Howard Hall, a reader sends word that the Hospital proposes to cut 9 "significant" trees and pave 87 parking stalls over and above the maximum of 177 City Code allows.
If there was any doubt this was more about parking than about a therapeutic garden and playground, this should put them to rest.
|All the neatly ruled lines for parking stalls!|
(Interestingly, there's no garden on the corner, just Howard Hall)
"Nine Significant Trees" would be removed and 87 stalls "more than permitted by code" on the Blind School property would be paved and striped.
But free. We're talking about free parking, free employee parking, free patient and visitor parking. The Hospital incentives sedentary and polluting drive-alone trips. (How ironic and foxtrottery is that!)
|Salem River Crossing Alternate Modes Study|
It doesn't all have to be free. Maybe most of it shouldn't be free.
The Hospital could better meet their parking requirements by pricing parking so that the market accurately allocates stalls. Right now, there's a market failure with subsidized, free parking.
No wonder they want to demolish Howard Hall and pave over the property!
(For history and all notes on the Blind School redevelopment and Howard Hall, see here.)