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Andy Cutler Calls for Mayoral Participation in Park(ing) Day

I'd like to echo Andy Cutler (@ourpvd, and @smallercitiesu) in calling on the mayoral candidates to participate in this year's Park(ing) Day. Last year's, debuted by AIAri, RIASLA, and Transport Providence, featured over thirty business, resident, governmental or student projects, making Providence's first celebration one of the best per capita demonstrations of support for parking reform in the country.

The Democratic, Republican, and independent candidates are invited not only to create parklets (and to check out the first ever temporary protected bike lane in the state on Broadway), but to bring with them anything they can to convince voters that they understand land use and its importance to urban success. I hope to hear from more campaigns soon. To sign up you can go to the Rhode Island ASLA page, here.

What are some issues the candidates should be able to answer?
*Can we tax parking in order to lower property taxes on new and existing buildings?
*Can we repurpose some street space to make protected bike lanes and bus lanes, to help create safe biking and real BRT?
*What are we going to do about the disastrous spending from the Statehouse on the Garrahy garage, and is there something we can do to stop it before it gets built?
*Can we meter parking better in order to mitigate the costs of roads and help to make parking available to customers at businesses?
*Can we up the ante on the Re: Zoning process to remove all parking minimums and impose some real parking maximums around major transit stops on the R-Line and streetcar, in order to make better use of transit and create more affordable housing (parking adds significantly to the cost of housing)?

It'd be great to hear more about these.


1 comment:

  1. It would also help if the next Mayor would press the state of RI to implement a state law (passed in 2008 but largely ignored since) that called for reducing state employee commuting miles, eventually by 35%. Instead the state has expanded ("free") parking on the State House lawn, leased office space with lots of parking for "free" use, state-owned URI-Providence continues to offer expensive "free" parking for all faculty staff and students in the Convention Center garage while not participating in any "Upass" transit promotion (despite good transit access form all directions,) the State Division of Taxation gives only driving directions to their State House area office despite three frequent bus lines that go to their door, and more. All this adds to congestion and pollution in the city, makes the roads less attractive to bicyclists and pedestrians, and undermines the financial viability of the transit systems (including the commuter rail.) The next Mayor should work on this!
    Barry Schiller