The Project for Public Spaces (PPS) regularly tackles issues related to streets and vehicles so it’s no surprise that they weigh in on parking. I’m not sure when they published this article but it’s an opinionated piece that seems to have some relevancy to downtown Northfield. It’s titled, Finding a Place for Parking:
Despite what you may have heard, nobody goes to a place solely because it has parking. In fact, the current obsession with parking is one of the biggest obstacles to achieving livable cities and towns, because it usually runs counter to what should be our paramount concern: creating places where people enjoy spending time. As long as the myth persists that economic prosperity depends on parking, local governments will continue to waste public money and distort the public planning process.
The realization that creating a place where people want to come and spend time is more important than parking unfortunately eludes many municipalities. Worrying about and wasting public money on parking is taking over the public planning process and subsequently parking is taking over our communities. So how can we put parking in its place and draw people back to public spaces?
Be sure to see the section titled 10 Questions to Help Us Get the Most Out of Parking.
In case you’re wondering about PPS, here’s a blurb from their About page:
Project for Public Spaces (PPS) is a nonprofit planning, design and educational organization dedicated to helping people create and sustain public spaces that build stronger communities. Our pioneering Placemaking approach helps citizens transform their public spaces into vital places that highlight local assets, spur rejuvenation and serve common needs.