October 23, 2014

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SUBJECT: Downtown Parking

* There simply is no adequate parking and no simple solution. With out it you're not going to grow the population or transient base either. When people get there they need easy access, easy travel access and egress,and a place to park when they get there. With out ALL of that it will not thrive.

* Well said. Certainly highlights that it is a multifactorial problem, but one that deserves attention none the less.

* There simply is no adequate parking and no simple solution. With out it you're not going to grow the population or transient base either. When people get there they need easy access, easy travel access and egress,and a place to park when they get there. With out ALL of that it will not thrive.

* Originally Posted by Willy - To turn Downtown into a shopping/business mecca it needs to be a major drawing destination. There simply isn't enough space in a 1 block long road (Perron St) crossed by a shorter road (St. Anne) There is no perimeter room to expand, grow and develop the area and no room for adequate parking to accommodate the traffic volume it would need to generate to be "that" successful. The new angle parking has only put a choke hold on DT traffic. [Which I am sure has contributed to some businesses demise instead of benefiting them](When going from Grandin area to Erin Ridge area I used to take Sir Winny to Perron to St. Anne to the Trail. Now I avoid it all together even late at night with little or no traffic) Certainly not with out a parkade and there is no suitable room even for that. People are not going to walk 2-3 blocks from Grandin Mall site to say ‘ Bike shop. Not when it is connected to and 1 block away from a major traffic corridor that has far more commercial attraction than Perron Street and St. Anne St could ever wet dream to have. There is so much better so close by that it doesn't make sense. Why not "embrace" and maintain the "small town" charm and heritage of an "old down town" and develop and capitalize where the greatest potential for an ROI. So many smaller cities and towns that have done this comes to mind, Camrose, Leduc, Wetaskiwin, Red Deer, Drayton Valley, Grande Prairie (GP is an excellent example of forward thinking driving for growth and progress. Not fight it like $A does)
Anyway, to me, it is just not feasible to try and "develop" the downtown area like people are talking about.

* I don’t think anyone has a vision of a downtown shopping mecca. There is room to have successful boutique stores, small grocery, butcher, etc etc downtown if there is a high density residential development to support it. But your right. There has to be a middle ground that supports and sustains our downtown without turning it into a concrete jungle
Also remember that more high density the development the better bang for the tax buck...

* Seems to me that Willy has nailed it.

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