Parking Strategy for a Future Tacoma?

Parking is what every downtown Tacoma development conversation tends to devolve into at some point.  We have conflicting theories on parking coming from multiple stakeholders.  We have short term needs.  We have long term needs.  Then there’s a question of funding…

Yesterday, City Manager Eric Anderson presented his preliminary vision for a long term parking strategy to the City Council Study Session.  The plan includes both transit and parking ideals.  Eliminate parking requirements where it makes sense.  Charge people an appropriate amount for parking.  Keep the money in the system.  Build a streetcar system.  Build parking garages on the edge of downtown.  Make a city that’s both pedestrian and bicycle friendly. 

A vision is starting to come together.  When do we start rolling with it?  How can we build on this conversation?

Link to The News Tribune and the BIA Blog

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