Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space

"A community’s physical form, rather than its land uses, is its most intrinsic and enduring characteristic." [Katz, EPA] This blog focuses on place and placemaking and all that makes it work--historic preservation, urban design, transportation, asset-based community development, arts & cultural development, commercial district revitalization, tourism & destination development, and quality of life advocacy--along with doses of civic engagement and good governance watchdogging.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Commercial district revitalization planning needs to focus more on mobility, not just retail

If I ever do another commercial district revitalization framework plan, I will definitely look into the idea of the district-wide provision of valet parking at night. See "Newtown Borough considering valet parking for its busy main street" from the Philadelphia Inquirer.

From the article:

"I'm not aware of any other town that offers valet parking. It's time to capitalize on it," David Witchell, owner of a salon and spa on State Street and one of two merchants pushing the idea, said last week. "If shoppers know they can pull up and get a map of the business district, business cards and coupons, they'll come."

Under a proposal the Borough Council is considering, customers of the community's 100 or so businesses could drop off their cars in the middle of a block on weekends for a flat fee of $7, freeing up spaces along State Street. The trial would run through the end of the year and then be evaluated.

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