Parking as a Community Development Tool
The vision of many communities entails several aspects of a high quality destination place that functions holistically as a retail, restaurant, business, residential and tourism locality. In order to achieve this vision it is necessary to consider parking delivery and how various scenarios will impact people’s interaction with the City’s built environment. In general, the goals of a traditional style downtown is to cultivate a walk-able, integrated community with minimal conflict between vehicles and pedestrians where parking areas function optimally and efficiently through active management.
Parking should promote the use of transportation alternatives by comprehensively locating and designing parking in light of a larger network of activity. Fundamentally, the way parking is delivered in the downtown area will have one of the greatest influences on development and transportation networks.