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Opening Arguments

Pull it on over

You know, of course, that there is no food "shortage" in the world. There is just a distribution problem caused, among other things, by political turmoil. Apparently, the same thing applies to parking spaces. First, we have this:

Have you had trouble finding a parking place in downtown Fort Wayne recently?  A group made up of different downtown attractions is working to fix that!

The lot that used to house Belmont Beverage, and several dozen parking spaces, is now nothing more than a pile of dirt.  Several more parking lots downtown will be just like that.

"The replacement value of what's being lost will be recouped in the new facility," said John Wallace of the Fort Wayne Redevelopment group.

The Harrison Square project will add another parking garage downtown, offering just under 1,000 spaces.  Before that can happen, nearly 300 parking spaces will disappear.

While that could cause a parking crunch for venues like the Grand Wayne Center and Botanical Conservatory, they've collaborated with several groups to find a quick fix.

On the other hand

WASHINGTON (AFP) — Urban dwellers will find this hard to believe as they drive around the block an umpteenth time hunting for a spot to park, but a study published Tuesday said parking spaces in the United States outnumber drivers by three to one.

Not only that, but the study conducted by researchers at Purdue University in Indiana, also found that car parks are bad for the environment, as they tend to increase water pollution and raise urban temperatures.

So, all we have to do is find a city with too many parking spaces and have them moved here. Anybody ready for the traffic congestion and parking problems once Harrison Square is finished? Think city officials have planned sufficiently for that?


Fri, 09/14/2007 - 9:33am

Sure, parking spaces outnumber drivers--but all the parking spaces are at the mall in Nowheresville, Nebraska.

Bob G.
Fri, 09/14/2007 - 1:13pm

We should have paved paradise and put UP that parking lot when Joni Mitchell first sang about it.

Oh, wait...isn't that what Harrison Square is all about anyway?