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Parking spaces in areas (like SE Division, Hawthorne, Belmont, Broadway, etc.) where there's more demand than supply should be metered, and the resulting revenue should be spent on public services (e.g. maintenance of the public ROW; public schools; community centers).
Creating parklets that are privately-controlled is a lot like giving the same space to a private car driver. Let's hope the City gets smart about this, adds meters nearby, and then charges the restaurants whatever they would otherwise earn in foregone meter revenue.
Maybe Portland is really just that more conservative than New York and Seattle?
"the cafes are too close to cars to be pedestrian friendly, so we should just leave the cars PARKED CLOSER TO THE SIDEWALK and keep driving and parking easy"
Now close your eyes and envision a solid block of cafes, bike corrals, food carts and other forms of colonized street parking...
imagine who's yielding to pedestrians in that situation? imagine the expansion of public space as you walk down the sidewalk and run into people in what was formerly a parked car? imagine how much less exhaust there is when people are biking and walking instead of driving?