Monday, January 14, 2008

If You Build It, They Will Drive

This article in The Montclarion covers a developer's proposal to move a mansion from the Piedmont Ave area and build a 7-story condo development on the lot. The Piedmont Avenue Neighborhood Improvement League, or PANIL, is opposing it. While the merits of this proposal can be debated, I love this argument:

Another major concern is the impact the 32 new residential units would have on parking on the already cramped streets in the area, Winemiller said.

"The developer has planned for one parking space per condo, but these are big, expensive places and many of the people will probably have more than one car per unit," Winemiller said.

Piedmont Avenue is one of the most pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods in Oakland. If two cars per household is the standard assumption even there, we're doomed as a society. Parking and roads are to some extent a self-fulfilling prophecy: if you build it, they will drive.

1 comment:

Emma said...

This is a great new blog!

"If you build it, they will drive." The man from Anaheim knows all too well ;)