Rachel Hollowgrass 
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Re: “Oakland Plans Another Large Parking Garage on Public Land in Uptown

Here are some results of 21st century planning I think Hobart Johnson referred to:

Salt Lake City Street Removes Parking, Adds Bike Lanes and Sales Go Up
http://www.peopleforbikes.org/blog/entry/salt-lake-city-street-removes-parking-adds-bike-lanes-and-sales-go-up

Fisherman’s Wharf Parking-Free Street Revamp Boosts Sales, Will Expand
ttp://sf.streetsblog.org/2015/06/12/fishermans-wharf-parking-free-street-revamp-boosts-sales-will-expand/

San Francisco study finds merchants benefit from bike lanes, traffic calming
http://www.geoffmeggs.ca/2010/08/30/san-francisco-study-finds-merchants-benefit-from-bike-lanes-traffic-calming/

New York City: Economic Benefits of Sustainable Streets
http://www.nyc.gov/html/dot/downloads/pdf/dot-economic-benefits-of-sustainable-streets.pdf

Posted by Rachel Hollowgrass on 11/09/2015 at 1:23 PM

Re: “Oakland Plans Another Large Parking Garage on Public Land in Uptown

I view cities as innovation engines that move our economy forward. Much of that innovation happens when people have places to exchange ideas. This kind of exchange is often casual, and happens in cafes, on trains, and when people interrupt a walk or hop off of their bikes to talk with a friend or check out something new on a familiar street. When a downtown is more people-friendly, more ideas are exchanged and more innovation results.

More parking and the attendant congestion moves us in the opposite direction.

As an Oakland resident for over twenty years, my hope is for a downtown that promotes casual interaction and robust innovation. Please Oakland, don't make downtown for cars! Make it vibrant and full of people.

Posted by Rachel Hollowgrass on 11/09/2015 at 1:17 PM

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