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Three Blocks Of Washington Ave Diagonal Parking Now Back-In

The planning to reduce travel lanes from four to two on the three blocks of Washington Ave, from 18th to 21th, took place in 2007. The work was done in 2008. I was a paid consultant during the planning phase. At the time I lived in the Mt. Pleasant neighborhood and drove a motor scooter. In late 2007 I moved downtown and a few months later I had a stroke.

During the planning phase we debated angled parking — front-in vs.  back-in. In 2007 I argued for front-in angled parking, which is how the street got striped. Since then the block West of Jefferson plus others toward Grand also reduced travel lanes with the addition of angled parking. But these blocks did back-in parking.

Front-in angled parking is much easier when it comes to parking your car but harder to see other motorists, motorcycles, or bicyclists when exiting the space. Last year we picked up friends at their loft at Washington Ave & Jefferson, I was driving and parked in a back-in space. I was nervous. but I did it first try. In hindsight I wish I’d argued for back-in parking initially.

Recently these blocks of Washington Ave were resurfaced and restriped — now with back-in parking.  Let’s take a look:

Looking West from 18th
Looking West from 18th — no parking zone at corner
While most do OK, clearly this person had trouble. Parking enforcement was writing a ticket as I took this pic.
While most do OK, clearly this person had trouble. Parking enforcement was writing a ticket as I took this pic.
The adjacent vehicle also didn't stay within the space
The adjacent vehicle also didn’t stay within the space

Out of 20+ cars only two weren’t within their respective spaces. Again, I wish I’d argued for this initially.  The planning was prior to my being disabled, but I lobbied hard for good pedestrian crossings and disabled parking.

New "Continental" crosswalk at 19th is highly visible. Click image for article on Continental crosswalks.
New “Continental” crosswalk at 19th is highly visible. Click image for article on Continental crosswalks.
Unfortunately the mid-block crosswalks next to disabled parking wasn't restriped.
Unfortunately the mid-block crosswalks next to disabled parking wasn’t restriped.

Two and a half hours later I returned to check out a few more things, the white Ford was in the same spot.

An orange boot was on the front wheel, the Kia had moved over one space and parked correctly. While I was in the area Parking Enforcement came by and removed the boot, the waiting owner then drove off. .
An orange boot was on the front wheel, the Kia had moved over one space and parked correctly. While I was in the area Parking Enforcement came by and removed the boot, the waiting owner then drove off. .

Like most aspects of driving, backing into a parking space just takes practice to master. Occasionally I back into our space in our parking garage, it does get easier. Some day I may drive over to Washington Ave to practice — this wasn’t on my driver’s test in 1983.

— Steve Patterson

 

Parking On Clark Still Police-Only A Year After Old Headquarters Vacated

A year ago the St. Louis Metropolitan Police moved from their old headquarters at Tucker & Clark to their new HQ on Olive, between 19th-20th. Back in April 2011 I wondered what would become of police-only parking on Clark between Tucker & 14th once the move happened. It seems nothing would happen.

Privately-owned vehicles now park where police vehicles used to park. July 23, 2015
Privately-owned vehicles now park where police vehicles used to park. July 23, 2015

The old police headquarters is, presumably, vacant. So who’s parking on Clark in spaces marked for “police vehicles only”? My guess is the police academy at Tucker & Spruce, just south of the old police HQ.

When the police left their old building the on-street parking on Clark should’ve become metered parking for the general public.

— Steve Patterson

 

Both Styles of New Parking Payment on Same Block

July 30, 2015 Downtown, Featured, Parking Comments Off on Both Styles of New Parking Payment on Same Block

New parking meters are pretty much installed throughout greater downtown St. Louis.  These include multi-space pay stations and updated single-space meters. I’ve yet to determine how it was decided which type would go on which blocks. In the 7 blocks I travel to reach the store both types are used.

Last week, looking at the Chestnut bike lane, I noticed in the 1000 block of Locust each side of the street is different from the other.

1000 block of Chestnut: On the North side single space meters, other side multi-space pay stations (one circled in red)
1000 block of Chestnut: On the North side single space meters, other side multi-space pay stations (one circled in red)

I might map out block by block to see if a logical pattern emerges…or I’ll enquire. It just seems like downtown visitors might be confused by two different physical ways to pay for on-street parking.  I still prefer the app.

— Steve Patterson

 

Parking Conflict Resolved

A year ago the police were called to a parking dispute at our condo association. The issue was a fight between residents and the tenant of one commercial space, see Parking Battle Close To Home.

View from ,my balcony on Friday July 25th.
View from my balcony on Friday July 25th, 2014.

A couple of months ago everything was resolved — much better than anyone could’ve predicted. It did require legal action. The original developer, the now-defunct Loftworks, was seriously delinquent on condo dues for the two commercial spaces and a few residential units. After years of negotiations and missed payment plans, our board had enough and for a foreclosure sale.  They were mortgaged for more than their value, but our board then began negotiating with the bank(s).

The best part is the commercial tenant in my building, Stealth Creative, was able to purchase their space. Every parking spot on the lot between the two buildings has been assigned to a commercial space.  So just like our residential spaces, both commercial spaces now have assigned parking. While the other commercial space is vacant and for sale, those parking spaces are leased to residents seeking a 2nd parking space.

As I mentioned a year ago, I think my neighbors and the employees are too auto dependent. Hopefully having a fixed number of parking spaces will help change that attitude. I also want to make the case to Enterprise that their CarShare service needs vehicles West of 11th Street. They’re waiting for more members, we’re waiting for the service before joining.

— Steve Patterson

 

Reading: Parking Management for Smart Growth by Richard W. Willson

July 23, 2015 Books, Featured, Parking Comments Off on Reading: Parking Management for Smart Growth by Richard W. Willson

Parking management is a popular topic, I have numerous books on the subject. Now I have one more: Parking Management for Smart Growth by Richard W. Willson:

The average parking space requires approximately 300 square feet of asphalt. That’s the size of a studio apartment in New York or enough room to hold 10 bicycles. Space devoted to parking in growing urban and suburban areas is highly contested—not only from other uses from housing to parklets, but between drivers who feel entitled to easy access. Without parking management, parking is a free-for-all—a competitive sport—with arbitrary winners and losers. Historically drivers have been the overall winners in having free or low-cost parking, while an oversupply of parking has created a hostile environment for pedestrians.

In the last 50 years, parking management has grown from a minor aspect of local policy and regulation to a central position in the provision of transportation access. The higher densities, tight land supplies, mixed land uses, environmental and social concerns, and alternative transportation modes of Smart Growth demand a different approach—actively managed parking.

This book offers a set of tools and a method for strategic parking management so that communities can better use parking resources and avoid overbuilding parking. It explores new opportunities for making the most from every parking space in a sharing economy and taking advantage of new digital parking tools to increase user interaction and satisfaction. Examples are provided of successful approaches for parking management—from Pasadena to London. At its essence, the book provides a path forward for strategic parking management in a new era of tighter parking supplies.

The book, published by Island Press, is available in softcover & hardcover
The book, published by Island Press, is available in softcover & hardcover

To see the topics covered, here’s the contents:

  1. Introduction: What is a Parking Space Worth?
    Parking as a Contested Space
    Problems of Unmanaged Parking
    Understanding Parking Behavior
    Strategic Parking Management
    Key Terms
    Map of the Book
  2. Parking Management Techniques
    Origins of Parking Management
    Understanding and Organizing Parking Management Methods
    Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced Parking Management
    Parking Management Gone Wrong
    Conclusion
  3. Creating a Parking Management Strategy
    Planning and Strategy in Parking Management
    Parking Management Stakeholders
    Process for Developing a Parking Management Strategy
    Process Pays
  4. Managing an Integrated Parking Supply (Rick Williams)
    Management Principles
    Organizational Structure: Administration and Management
    Defining the Role of On-Street Parking
    Relationship of On- and Off-Street Parking Assets
    Rate Setting Policy and Protocols
    Measuring Performance
    Identifying and Communicating the Integrated Parking System
    New Technologies
    Financial Analysis and Management
    Conclusion
  5. Best Practice Strategies
    Best Practice: Individual Measures
    Best Practice: Integrated Strategies
    Global Perspective
    Case Study Conclusions
  6. Implementing Strategic Parking Management
    Politics and Community Participation
    Technical Challenges
    Greening Parking Operations
    Parking Enforcement
    Conclusions on Implementation
  7. Parking Management for Smart Growth
    A Paradigm Shift
    Why Not Rely on Pricing Alone?
    A Broader Vision for Strategic Parking Management
    It’s Time
    References
    Index

I’m looking forward to diving into some of these topics. The book came out last month, you can read an excerpt or order from Left Bank Books.

— Steve Patterson

 

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