A local music venue and bar wants to increase capacity by about 150 people. They are located in the heart of one of the most densely populated and busy neighborhoods of Boston. Management from the business came to a community meeting to talk about their plans. After having a discussion about the changes they made to satisfy fire and building codes, an older gentleman posed the question: "But will there be enough parking?"
The response: "The vast majority of our customers don't drive to get here." And that settled it. But it is amazing to observe how people think about parking. Even in this part of town - dense, walking and transit-friendly - the discussion quickly shifts to parking. At a bar, of all places.
Perhaps we need a companion campaign: "Drinking spaces and Parking spaces - they don't mix!" Just don't hire me to write the slogan.