Archive for Monday, September 24, 2012

Letter to the Editor: Enough parking

September 24, 2012


To the editor:

I was stunned to read in Wednesday’s paper that the city is considering spending $1 million, including $325,000 in public funds, on 72 new parking spaces downtown. I go to downtown Lawrence for most of my shopping and entertainment. I have never had trouble finding a parking spot, even at the busiest times of the week.

Tellingly, the article was situated right above a blurb that Kansas obesity rates may double in the next 20 years. A million dollars could greatly improve access to downtown via public transportation or walking and bike paths from other parts of the city. These alternate methods of transportation would be far more supportive of residents’ physical health than further encouraging reliance on automobiles, would entice more people to go downtown more frequently and would reduce carbon emissions.

Some business owners in the downtown area worry that they will lose business if potential customers cannot find parking nearby. They are vastly underestimating the value of a downtown location. People don’t patronize a downtown business because they want to drive up, make their purchase and be on their way. We go because we like the downtown atmosphere, like walking around, doing some shopping and stopping for a meal or a coffee. If your business does not benefit from this kind of foot traffic, you might want to consider relocating to a strip mall. It would probably save you a bundle and it seems like there are plenty of those locations available.


Richard Heckler 5 years, 7 months ago

A right on the money comment! Absolutely!

Richard Heckler 5 years, 7 months ago

City Commission Agenda for September 25 2012


  1. Conduct public hearing and consider adoption of Resolution No. 6995 setting out the findings and determinations of the governing body of the City of Lawrence, and ordering the construction of an additional parking level on the parking garage at 707 Vermont Street. Staff Memo & Attachments FAQ Staff Memo 2010 DT Parking Capacity Map 2011 DT Parking Capacity Report 2012 New Hampshire Street Parking Garage Report Correspondence ACTION: Conduct public hearing and adopt Resolution No. 6995, if appropriate.


  1. Consider initiation of zoning items related to the northwest corner of West 6th Street and K-10 and refer to planning commission. The City Commission voted to withdraw the earlier land use items related to this property at their meeting of September 18, 2012.

ACTION: Direct staff, as appropriate.

Still moving way too fast. No site plan. No $$$$$ numbers. No tournaments scheduled. No approval from the taxpayers. Is this a smart way to do business?

somebodynew 5 years, 7 months ago

Great Letter. What no one has explained is just how parking spaces (that will be taken up by the library and pool) will actually help a business (or church) located 5-6 blocks away. IF someone was going to park that far away from their destination, there are ALWAYS plenty of spots available now. The only thing not available now is parking IN FRONT of each and every business.

That isn't going to happen with this large expense either.

headdoctor 5 years, 7 months ago

The concept is every car that is parked in the new garage frees up parking elsewhere. I don't know how valid that idea is considering this will be taking the place of the existing parking lot.

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