Skip to comments.Hoping to discourage car trips downtown, Austin may drop parking requirement
Posted on 01/09/2013 3:04:26 PM PST by Jonx6
Austin might soon ditch a three-decade-old policy of requiring downtown buildings and tenant businesses to have a minimum number of parking spaces tied either to square footage or the number of condos and apartments in a building.
Supporters of the move say the minimum requirement has caused a parking surplus downtown, encouraging people to use their cars rather than bikes, buses and rail. Take away that requirement, they say, and eventually garage parking will become a more scarce (and expensive) resource, encouraging people to use alternative transportation.
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Good grief . There is no parking in Austin .
More likely, this asinine move will end all discretionary trips to downtown. Downtown merchants will be closing up shop, and relocating to the suburban malls.
I’m willing to ignore this, because according to Texans I’ve met, Austin is not actually a part of Texas.
Never really been to DT Austin, but my city, Tulsa, does have a surplus of parking because of zoning regulations. Not just in Downtown but also in the strip malls where more than half the spaces are never full.
Is this not just an easing of zoning regulations? Can the property owner make more parking if he chooses?
The article mentions rail. Does Austin have rail?
That was my instant perspective. Sixth Street parking? It is to laugh.....
Austin should have a lot of rail... to run the leftist asshats out of town on.
First I’ve heard of it.
Best wishes. But anyone with HALF A BRAIN will provide parking.
Austin: the Portland of Texas....
Pay parking is geographically associated with Peoples' Republics.
Austin: the Portland of Texas....
It's Texas. Why not add more of these instead?
Austin has the Metrorail. One train that starts downtown and heads north to stop in Leander. I ride it to work sometimes. Faster than the bus. Way cheaper than a car.
How much do you pay a month?
That will slow economic activity in the city. Who wants to take public transportation and walk or bike in S. Texas heat?
Agenda 21 folks..agenda 21.
Ah, the authors of Agenda 21 are smiling.
I’ve spent a lot of time in Austin (on business) and it’s one of the few cities I’ve enjoyed simply because you can park with a fair amount of ease. I tend to avoid spending much time in other cities where attempting to park just raises blood pressure.
I wonder how that will work out for them.....
I guess....Chicago now has $6.25 an hour parking meters!!
I wonder how that will work out for them.....
about as much as gun control does
Surplus of parking? Not that I have seen, other than the lots charging $10 per car to park. I refuce to use those, since I can park in metered spaces for free, but often can’t find metered spaces.
Austin does have a light rail. It was shoved down our throats by a small minority and the city council who all wanted to feel smug and superior that Austin would have a ‘green’ transportation option. The light rail cars are empty every time I see them, and of course those who forced the issue are still driving their own cars.
And there is no parking excess downtown, in fact I don't think there much parking at all, at least there wasn't when I was there a year or two ago. I always go downtown so I can look at places where I once lived...altho all I see are mostly big buildings, the homes are gone. It was once so lovely, I lived there in the 1950’s. Wonderful place then, but “you can't go home again”.
It certainly slows my economic activity into downtown Austin. South Austin is much better. I’ve lived here three years, and aside from dropping off other people, have been there for business maybe 3 times.
The people running Austin and Texas don’t want us down there seeing what they’re doing.
You got that right.
I do not shop anywhere that I have to pay for parking
or does not have access to parking.
The building with which I was associated had far more than minimum required by city code, and the "excess" parking served us well as a "loss leader"; the building remained fully leased, or nearly so.
Now, if Austin were to institute a maximum parking space limit for every private office or residential building, then you'd have a major problem, especially in that the city is already competing with private parking providers in the form of metered on-street parking, municipal (taxpayer-funded, in other words) parking decks and lots, and mass transit.
One more problem for owners/operators of private real estate: hefty taxes, over and above property taxes, imposed on parking. Make parking expensive by creating artificial shortages and high taxes, and that spiffy new light rail or streetcar line starts to look more attractive.
Yes, and the knee-jerk reaction here in support of more regulation of business and development instead of less is pretty disappointing. If a real estate developer thinks it makes business sense to construct a building without parking, why should the government stand in the way?
This is all part of mayor Shelly Lee Leffingwell (yes, HIS first name is Shelly) and the Austin silly council to FORCE people to use pubic transportation. It started years ago with the “smart growth plan” by a previous mayor.
I hate the Capital Metro bus system. I had jury duty for Travis county and had to take a bus to the courthouse. Sure, it drops you off less than two blocks away, but the bus stopped at every telephone pole to take a leak, like a dog does at trees.
You got that right, and Texas needs a divorce from the union and let them have the Austin libs.
Same thing with roads. Given the amount of taxes as we pay there should not be ANY toll roads as that is a legitimate government function. I absolutely detest toll roads
This reminds me of the 1970s and Austin’s solution to too much traffic:
Don’t build more roads.
I looked at the previous replies and all are correct, but it is not faster than by car. A local TV station sent a crew to Leander where it originates and put a crew on the train during rush hour traffic.
The TV crew in the car got downtown about 30 minutes faster to the end of the choo choo train line. BTW, 183 and Loop 1 are parking lots during rush hour. Trust me, I drove that route for over 20 years.
“I do not shop anywhere that I have to pay for parking”
You are obviously not a city shopper.
I love cities and prefer them to malls,so I pay for parking or use public transportation.
Yep. Which is probably what they should do ASAP anyway.
I don't know if you listen to Mark, Ed, and SGT Sam in the morning on KLBJ, but everyone in Austin should be begging for single member districts with the election being in Nov to coincide with state / national elections. The Austin silly council knows that would be the death of the liberal agenda they want for the city.
Well, for a bus pass it’s a very reasonable $30/mo. The train is $1 for a trip. Gets me downtown in 30 minutes as opposed to 45 on the bus. All in all, mass transit is the best way to get around if you’re trying to make every penny count. That money I don’t spend on gas or insurance I can devote to beer.
“Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.”
-— Ben Franklin
Who am I to argue with one of our founding fathers?
After the secession can we please move Austin to Nuevo York or maybe near Baltimore?
We do try to disavow the existence of Austin at every opportunity but they just won’t go away. I think they should just wall all the whole town and all the liberals within. It’s not like we need them for anything useful after all.
I can just imagine someone riding a bike to work in the middle of July. What bizarro world do these liberal politicians live in?
Smart Growth Plan - right out of the U.N.’s Agenda 21.
How does it feel to have the entire fabric of American society transformed as per the nutjobs at the U.N who came up with Agenda 21.
Also directly related to this: Takingliberty.us
>>The article mentions rail. Does Austin have rail?
If they don’t, the “city planner” Agenda 21 types will use the parking parking problems about to be created as justification for rail in a few years. See how this works?
If it ever comes to that, there'll probably be a massive trail of Austin liberals on a mass exodus to either New Mexico or Arkansas. The remainder will get deported. That will help clear the stench down on the Colorado.
30 dollars nets me a tank of gas that allows me to drive about 500 miles or so.
I live about 10 miles from Downtown Austin, so do the math. :)
Unless I travel downtown every day - the car is cheaper.
Exactly. Corral the People in central hubs and make the spaces in between effectively no-man lands. I doubt that it's coincidence that it supports the "divide and conquer" philosophy of the Left.
One reason we moved to a small town 35 miles away from Austin. Plus the taxes are much lower.
This’ll help downtown Austin - NOT!
This silly “we hate cars” experiment fails everywhere it’s tried, yet the insane “planners” and other liberal statists keep trying it. Bottom line - it it isn’t convenient, people won’t do it. Cars are convenient, busses and bicycles less so, and rail even less than that.
I’m all for loosening the amount of required parking spaces. The governments created all these strip malls that we all hate so much.
Well I’ll be. I had been trying to get a job in Austin for a long time and had no idea. My plans have recently changed and I’m not looking there anymore.