Parking is very much on the minds of those who live and work in Culver City these days.
I know that parking issues are very important to Culver City residents … and I understand the residents’ desire to keep entertainment parkers out of their “off-street parking” spaces and driveways (or blocking their driveways). But where are out-of-towners (out-of-neighborhooders?) and visitors supposed to park? Have you ever tried to find a spot by Brunello Trattoria? I love Bruno and their food is GREAT, but
Publisher, Leslie Belfor.
parking can be a little tricky.
I wonder what the future holds. Will Culver City soon become all-valet-all-the-time, like Marina del Rey? Or will they start charging residents (and ticketing those who don’t have placards) for parking on the street, like Beverly Hills?
Personally, I don’t mind parking a little further away and walking – as long as that night’s choice of boot was actually made for walking. But what about the less able-bodied folks who want to enjoy Culver City’s offerings? How will someone using a cane, walker or wheelchair comfortably get from their car to their favorite restaurant, shop or gallery? The local structures only hold so many cars and there are no local structures at the east end of Washington near Brunello.
How is Culver City taking care of their businesses? After all, in order for the city to thrive, local businesses must be able to thrive as well. I watched with interest as the representative from Walker Parking explained the results of his parking study at City Hall recently. He spoke at length about the possibilities of raising parking meter charges, extending hours of meter operation and getting rid of the two free hours of parking at downtown structures. The idea is to charge a little more and have fewer times available for free parking in order to encourage turnover.
There was some discussion about blocking off City Hall’s parking lot, which may be used by patrons of the Kirk Douglas Theatre currently. This sounds counterproductive to me … as we try to solve the parking problems around town, we should create a new one?
Of course, we are looking into the future with mass transit options and more focus on conservation … bike riding … walking … ride sharing … etc. But what about NOW? How do we take care of residents and take care of businesses at the same time? Suggestions? Solutions?