Palo Alto takes 'multi-pronged' approach to fixing downtown's parking problems Palo Alto Issues, posted by Editor, Palo Alto Online, on Mar 19, 2013 at 1:23 pm
Faced with booming downtown development and a severe parking shortage, Palo Alto officials endorsed Monday a wide range of potential solutions to make life easier for downtown residents and commuters, including exploration of a new garage on High Street and a fresh look at a permit-parking program that exasperated downtown residents have long clamored for.
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Posted by lazlo, a resident of the Old Palo Alto neighborhood, on Mar 19, 2013 at 1:23 pm
So begins another round of blue ribbon and red ribbon committees who recommend further study sessions and public input followed by several outsourced contractor studies who give the city numerous scenarios after bilking the city of public funds and all because the city manager lacks any leadership skills and a city council who lacks any vision on city needs and are unable to make a educated conclusive decision. Let the nonsense begin.
Posted by Resident, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on Mar 19, 2013 at 2:09 pm
And, no mention yet again of pay per hour parking in all city lots for beyond 2 hour parking.
Nowhere in this article does it mention those who want to park for a full day once or twice a week or several times a month. None of these solutions will solve occasional parking for personal or business all day visits to downtown.
Posted by A nonsense city government, a resident of the Green Acres neighborhood, on Mar 19, 2013 at 2:11 pm
Neighborhood parking challenges in Palo Alto is not just a downtown issue. Parking is a problem throughout Palo Alto, and specifically in the California Avenue residential areas as well. It seems the City Council, and the city administrators should include the PAPD in these discussions. The major problem is the city's aggressiveness with issuing parking citations/violations because it is greedy. Why not just install parking meters like Redwood City. One can park in Redwood City for 25 to 50 cents per hour. Meaning, you can get you business done in Redwood City in two to three hours just for about $1.00 to $2.00. The merchants in Palo Alto always scream about not wanting to charge customers for coming to downtown Palo Alto. Certainly if people can spend hundreds of dollars to shop or buy meals, they can spend a couple of dollars to park.
Posted by Crescent Park Dad, a resident of the Crescent Park neighborhood, on Mar 19, 2013 at 7:52 pm
The reality is that Keenan had his project in the hopper before the city and council considered canceling the developer-friendly parking requirements. And like it or not, he was correct to say you can't change the rules after the project has been approved.
Now they have found a way to alleviate the parking issue created by the original project and provide an even greater benefit by providing parking for the general public.
Or would you rather that Keenan just build his project and do nothing about the increased parking needs that were going to go without a solution?
Posted by Lazlo is Still Right, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on Mar 20, 2013 at 11:48 am
The Council -should- tell Keenan to go build his building per code, with its own parking, etc. And -should- deal with the city's parking issue independently, as if Keenan weren't around. They won't do this, but it's what the -should- do.
The problem with these complicated, custom deals with guys like Keenan is the city staff and council are no match for the developers on negotiating what the city (ie the residents) gets in exchange. The current parking imbroglio is to a great extent a result of other downtown PC development deals. What did we get in return as "public benefit?" Drinking fountains, doorways with car sculptures, etc.
The city needs to deal with its infrastructure problems without trying to play Three-Card Monte with Keenan and his brethren. We get hustled every time.
Posted by Crescent Park Dad, a resident of the Crescent Park neighborhood, on Mar 20, 2013 at 12:31 pm
Sorry laxlo, you're incorrect. Once a planner or resident has entered the planning process and has paid fees to the city, the city cannot change requirements that would create greater restrictions on the project.
Easy example was when the city and FEMA applied a greater flood zone blanket on the residential areas. If your project was already in the planning department, you did not have to comply with the new basement restrictions (personal experience). Same thing applied when the city applied tougher "green" restrictions for demolition.