Purpose

To consolidate, disseminate, and gather information concerning the 710 expansion into our San Rafael neighborhood and into our surrounding neighborhoods. If you have an item that you would like posted on this blog, please e-mail the item to Peggy Drouet at pdrouet@earthlink.net

Friday, October 25, 2013

Seattle’s Scandalous Plan to “Replace” Parking With Parking

http://streetsblog.net/2013/10/25/seattles-scandalous-plan-to-replace-parking-with-cheaper-parking/

By Angie Schmitt, October 25, 2013

The city of Seattle is planning to use eminent domain to seize a privately owned parking lot near its waterfront. The plan is to convert it into … a city-run parking lot.


Clearly, there is no shortage of parking on Seattle's waterfront. 

What happened here? Well, Network blog Systemic Failure explains why the city saw fit to seize this land from a 103-year-old lady:
Around 100 on-street parking spaces will be lost during the Alaska Way Viaduct construction. To “mitigate” the parking loss, Seattle proposed leasing [Myrtle] Woldson’s parking lot. Woldson already provides parking — just at a market rate. Woldson declined the lease offer as too low. So rather than meet her price, Seattle will just seize her lot through eminent domain.

Seattle is also considering whether to build a parking garage on the lot. Because if there is one thing the waterfront lacks, it is parking.
Wow. Seattle. Way to actually worsen your parking problem. This kind of blatant eminent domain abuse should be illegal.