Thursday, May 26, 2016

Surface Parking Makes Up 1/4 of Downtown Spokane

One of the many surface parking lots in downtown Spokane.
Parking- necessary in an urban core, but how much do you really need? According to the Spokane Rising blog, there are 295 acres of surface parking in Spokane’s downtown area. With a total of 1,250 acres comprising the urban core (that's a large downtown area by the way), that means almost 24% of Spokane's downtown is used for parking cars- that's almost a quarter! And that's just surface lots, not the parkade or lots under buildings, etc.

What else could this property be used for? Spokane Rising suggests housing, retail, public squares and more. In fact, they say there is enough space downtown for three Kendall Yards developments and suggest starting a database of potential infill sites.

Anyway, the article includes some interesting stats and thoughts for potential use of the space for the future so check it out.

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About SRTC

SRTC is the federally designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for Spokane County. Urbanized areas with populations exceeding 50,000 people are required to have an MPO. SRTC was formed to address the county's transportation planning needs. It provides coordination in planning between the public, cities, small towns, the county, the state, transit providers, and tribes.

SRTC offers services including transportation monitoring, transportation modeling, census information analysis, travel demand forecasting, historical traffic count analysis, geographic information systems, and trip generation rates.