Thursday, June 24, 2010

Even In The Urban Hellhole

When I post things like the absurdity of mandatory bar parking, I'm not demanding that every suburb transform themselves into urban hellholes overnight (or ever). I get that car dependent places are, well, car dependent and therefore retail establishments need parking. Whether or not too much parking is mandated at times is a reasonable question, but I get that even bars are going to have parking. But Long Beach is a relatively dense city. Within Long Beach there are places that are more car-centric/dependent and places that are less, but to have a high mandatory parking requirement for all bars city wide is absurd.

In my urban hellhole, too, there are always pushes for greater parking requirements. Big surface lots destroy the walkability of the place, leading to more people to drive, leading to more parking lots....