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Removing parking restrictions encourages such development, at the cost of letting more of us freeload on the tax-supported street parking.
Look, if you're in a dense part of town and you're renting one of these new parking-less apartments in areas not used to lots of vehicles these will bring; please ditch the automobile or pay to store it somewhere else.
This won't ever happen, but it seems if some people took some personal initiative, this wouldn't be near as big of a problem.
Also, saying that "parking is expensive to build" is an incredibly convoluted way to look at it. It's more accurate to say that "Replacing parking spots with condo units is much more lucrative" which is the only reason the fucking developers love the idea of parking-free buildings.
The other thing that developers are absolutely tone-deaf on is the culture of a neighborhood. Look at the monstrosity going up next to the Hollywood Theater. The Division food cart pod that got taken down to put up condos. These things spring up like tumors to take advantage of an appealing neighborhood culture, and in the process ruin the things that made the area appealing in the first place. We need to have more affordable multi-family housing, but it needs to be implemented in a way that doesn't screw up existing neighborhoods.
I couldn't do that without quitting most of my jobs. I understand that your day is full of free time, but some of us are trying to do work, here.
Yeah, well at least I was actually born in Portland. How about you move the hell back to Nebraska. Dick.
Owning a car isn't unreasonable. It's a necessity sometimes, for work, grocery shopping, and especially for those with kids.
Using your car unnecessarily when other options are available, for short trips or going downtown, is what's unreasonable.
How many of you bike out from Portland to Hillsboro for a one-hour work meeting, and is your boss really cool with that? How many of you are willing to peddle your ass to the hospital if you break your arm - or your child gets sick? (and don't give me any "ambulance" bullshit, I know you can't afford it.) Automobiles = employment.
Here's the reality: Automobiles are not going away, and in the future people are likely going to consider it a “Right to own/use a car” in order to fulfill their Right to Transportation. We could argue about the technicalities of “greener” technology within cars (especially gas/oil), but the automobile is here to stay, and it’s not going away anytime soon. I ride the bus to and from work every day, but I’m never giving up my car. Have any of you noticed who runs TriMet? Those bus routes that went away are not coming back, public transportation is on the decline in this town.
We should build a city that incorporates this change towards dependence on automobiles. An apartment without a parking lot is a future low-income (ie ghetto) building. The developers are investing in these buildings looking at the short-term buck, not what’s good for a long-term Portland.
I'll admit that a car is useful sometimes. But having your own is a dying first-world luxury. Everything changes, and the rest of the world has already figured out how to make transit, bikes, and the occasional carshare work.
"Think about someone besides yourselves" indeed.
Whatever visual impact apartments have, I'll take any day in return for a more vibrant and prosperous business district.
$ interests. Let's pressure the Mayor elect and the commissioners to change the composition of this commission. We need a whole new slate. After that, it's time
to either force planning issues to a vote (as happened with flouride) or just junk the head city planners. Let's hire the people who brought all the new high tech jobs to Hillsboro.