“… when a city or area of a city assumes automobile use as the dominant imperative in its decisions on transportation, infrastructure and land use. Other modes thus become increasingly peripheral, marginal or non-existent until there are no real options for passenger travel other than automobile.”
The Cycle Continues
Council, the Legislature, and developers need to think differently! Perhaps the reason why developers are so slow build in the Exchange District without more parking isn’t because more people want to drive, but because more people HAVE to drive. Further to the quote from Bill Coady, the Free Press article states “Several developers… are counting on the City to come through with a parking structure.” further showing the biases towards automobile transportation.
In an opinion piece published in the Free Press, "A Downtown for transients doesn’t work," Ross Dobson dwells on the idea that land use which promotes commuter and transient populations don’t positively affect the neighbourhood. Although his piece focused on the new SHED district, the same can be said for the East Exchange. Building a parking structure does nothing but promotes commuterism and creates a culture of exodus.
What if some of this public money – $5.0 million plus – went to incentives for the development of land uses that would keep people in the East Exchange? What if the James Avenue Parkade wasn’t in the picture and instead the money went to entice developers to make the East Exchange a complete neighbourhood? Think of the impact a grocery store, pharmacy, small professional practises or firms, or a hardware store would have. The city can create incentives for things so much better than a parking garage.
Steve Snyder is an urban design and municipal affairs enthusiast who writes on Winnipeg issues. Follow him on Twitter @steveosnyder
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