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Development at 203 S Greensboro Needs Less Parking, More Startup Space to Complement Library

Development at 203 S Greensboro Needs Less Parking, More Startup Space to Complement Library

On September 19, the Carrboro Board of Aldermen will be discussing a proposal to redevelop 203 S. Greensboro St into the Southern Orange County library and several other public uses for Town of Carrboro departments.The current plan significantly over-provides parking and under-supplies useful commercial space in a downtown whose own recent parking study found that there are over 1,280 unused parking spaces in downtown Carrboro (click here, see page 9 of PDF) at virtually all … Read entire article »

Filed under: Auto Traffic, Carrboro, Economic Development, Libraries, Parking, Pricing, Public Comment Opportunity, Tourism, Walking

Carrboro Parking Study Gathers Good Data, But We Need to Start Charging for Parking at ONE Lot

Carrboro Parking Study Gathers Good Data, But We Need to Start Charging for Parking at ONE Lot

On Tuesday night, the Carrboro Board of Aldermen will take up a resolution to turn the recently completed Carrboro Parking Study into a plan for downtown parking. When they do, they should recommend some additional actions to town staff beyond those in the study. Those additional actions are: To initiate steps to begin charging for parking at the Rosemary Street lot (on the corner of Rosemary Street and Sunset Drive) as soon as possible, using new parking … Read entire article »

Filed under: Carrboro, Parking, Pricing

At Busiest Time of Day, Downtown Carrboro Has Over 2,000 EMPTY Parking Spaces

At Busiest Time of Day, Downtown Carrboro Has Over 2,000 EMPTY Parking Spaces

Yes, you read that right. There are usually 2,000 (or more!) parking spaces empty at all times in downtown Carrboro. But we don’t have a way to allow private businesses to partner seamlessly with each other and the town to make these spaces available to the public in a way that balances individual lot owner goals and overall access goals for the downtown, so these spaces go unused when they could be more full. Until we … Read entire article »

Filed under: Asheville, Carrboro, Data, Maps, Parking, Pricing, Public Comment Opportunity, Public Transit

Carrboro Parking Study Needs Your Input Thursday Eve (Feb 11th)

Carrboro Parking Study Needs Your Input Thursday Eve (Feb 11th)

If you care about having choices in how to get to and enjoy downtown Carrboro, it is very important that you attend the Carrboro Parking Study Kickoff Meeting at Carrboro Elementary school Thursday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. I’ll be there to share a simple message, and I invite you to join me to reinforce it.  That message is: I apologize for going large font on everyone, but really, this is the heart of the matter. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Auto Traffic, Biking, Carrboro, Culture, Parking, Pricing, Tourism, Walking

ArtsCenter-Kidzu Building: A Compelling Idea That Needs Some Work Before Going Forward

ArtsCenter-Kidzu Building: A Compelling Idea That Needs Some Work Before Going Forward

The Short Take: The Town of Carrboro has been approached by two cherished local non-profits (Kidzu and The ArtsCenter) with a proposal to build a new “Carrboro Arts and Innovation Center” (CAIC) involving town funds from a not-presently-existent revenue stream.  The proposal has several issues that should discourage the Town from moving forward until these challenges can be resolved or greatly improved upon.  These issues are exacerbated by a lack of public policy guidance documents, … Read entire article »

Filed under: Architecture, Art, Auto Traffic, Biking, Economic Development, Music, Parking, Pricing, Street Design

Carrboro Town Staff Considers Replacing Fidelity St Bike Lanes with Car Parking

Carrboro is a progressive town in many ways, but there are a few community characteristics for which the town really stands out- and one of them is Carrboro’s commitment to bicycle infrastructure. Carrboro is currently the only town or city in North Carolina meeting the American Bike League’s “Silver Award” standard and was home to the North Carolina Bike Summit just last year. That’s why I was quite surprised to peruse Tuesday evening’s Carrboro Board of Aldermen agenda and find the following: In an effort to better manage the Town’s parking resources, the issue of how to deal with the needs of longer-term parking for business employees arises. Some businesses have requested parking permits from the Town to allow all-day parking for their employees in public lots…The staff has been discussing two … Read entire article »

Filed under: Auto Traffic, Biking, Carrboro, Culture, Parking, Pricing, Safety, Street Design

Email Question From a Reader: Parking Pricing and Equity

Email Question From a Reader: Parking Pricing and Equity

In response to my last post on why Performance Parking Pricing is better than greater enforcement of 2-hour parking limits, I received an outstanding response from a reader via email.  Here are some key excerpts: Hey Patrick.  I have been closely following the discussions about parking in Carrboro.  I subscribe to your CityBeautiful21 blog and I have watched all the recent archived video of Board of Aldermen meetings where parking was discussed. I’m concerned that you have … Read entire article »

Filed under: Administration, Biking, Carrboro, Parking, Pricing, Public Transit, Reader Mailbag

Performance Parking Pricing Is Better For Businesses Than Enforcing Free, Time-Limited Parking

Performance Parking Pricing Is Better For Businesses Than Enforcing Free, Time-Limited Parking

A few weeks back, the Carrboro Aldermen held a discussion about parking, mostly pertaining to downtown.  After some debate, the sense of the Board majority (though not all Board members) was that it is better to encourage aggressive private towing — instead of having anyone pay for public parking at any time. This is unfortunate, since there is a much better parking management alternative that: Gives visitors to downtown more choice in how long they shop Costs taxpayers … Read entire article »

Filed under: Carrboro, Definitions, Parking, Pricing

The Future of Parking Is Here, It’s Just Not Evenly Distributed

The Future of Parking Is Here, It’s Just Not Evenly Distributed

I’ve never read William Gibson’s novels, and I am generally unfamiliar with his ideas.  But I like this quote of his: The future is already here – it’s just not evenly distributed. This is true to some degree with any matter of human existence that interfaces with technology, and transportation, including parking– is no different. Our family spent Easter weekend in Asheville, NC. DW grew up there and whenever we visit, we usually spend some time (or lots of … Read entire article »

Filed under: Asheville, Parking, Pricing, Technology