"Parking is a narcotic and ought to be a controlled substance. It is addictive, and one can never have enough."
Victor Dover*, former chair of the Congress for the New Urbanism America,
founder and principal-in-charge of Dover, Kohl & Partners Town Planners
Today's Democrat & Chronicle features a long piece on the parking woes around the University of Rochester. Creating (more) vast parking areas threatens the "urban village" feel to which the College Town development aspires. The College Town development itself will bring more traffic and parking needs to the Upper Mount Hope area. It is a cautionary tale for those of us concerned with rapid expansion in a dense urban neighborhood without regard for the delicate balances that keep that neighborhood livable and desirable for everybody.
*Dover advocates urban design that promotes walking and cycling, and appeals to a new generation of creative, demanding citizens. He believes walkable, sustainable designs can reinvigorate inner cities and retrofit suburbia to meet the needs of residents.