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Sep. 6th, 2006 | 01:41 am

One of the problems the city of pasadena faces, is there's too much traffic (in the opinion of the typical resident) and not enough parking (in the opinion of the typical business).

I had the odd idea of setting up "overflow" parking sites that are distant from the shopping areas, but have "shuttles" to the places people want to go. (In theory like what is commonly done during the christmas shopping season).

In actuality this idea is to create parking unlike the parking that's typically near a business district. Typical businesses want to keep people from just leaving their cars, because they want to rotate in new customers. It might be interesting to set up an area that's well connected to the mass transit system and and has a pricing structure that encourages people to leave their car in one place, instead of how the current "park for x minutes" encourages people to keep driving their cars around.

The other clever part was that the thing you get when you park your car at this facility could be used as a bus pass on the local transit. Perhaps there could even be a bike station and bike routes nearby.

Bonus points if the information kiosks that show people how to get from this "spillover" lot also shows how to get to the interesting destinations without having ever needed to drive. (AKA it hints at the regional transit options).

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It's French... bitch.

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from: vengeant
date: Sep. 7th, 2006 12:51 am (UTC)

"typical businesses" stick to the "rotate in new customers" idea because that's what they've been working with for years, even decades. But the concept of remote-area parking with easy transit pretty much nullifies the whole car-based "rotate customers", simply because it focuses on the person/customer, and not the car. I'd say, also, that this new idea encourages (or can encourage) customers to hang around, visit multiple nearby shops, and potentially spend more money.

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Good ideas!

from: markcronan
date: Sep. 7th, 2006 03:06 am (UTC)

I think you have some really fine ideas there.

I thought you might find this article interesting, about LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's quiet plan to rezone massive swaths of land to create "urban villages" along transit corridors.


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