Oakland’s city planning department as noted on other Oakland blogs has some enthusiasm for surface parking. We’re not sure why. We wish they were bigger fans of say Lady Gaga (coming March to the Oakland Arena) or basashimi (raw horse sashimi). The city has plenty of sunlit Urban Heat Island inducing blacktop already. [Update/caveat: we haven’t verified this alleged enthusiasm ourselves, and are depending on good reporting from other Oaklanders and or Oakland blogs.]
More parking means more cars, more gasoline imports, less space for relaxation, less social life, less “green city,” more “gray city.” Cities are for grid-connected electric vehicles (elevators, streetcars), not horses and cars, silly!
A sampling of downtown’s existing parking lots and parking garages shaded red below. Click to enlarge.
Maybe the city planning department wants Oakland to look like Houston. Downtown Houston looks like it was bombed out during WWII. At least they did it with their own oil…
Link to Houston satellite photo.
Link to Oakland paid parking lots.
Alternatives to surface parking lots w/ examples:
- Underground parking lots – San Francisco AMC Theater, Kintetsu Mall, Oakland Kaiser Convention Center/City Center
- Buildings – the rest of Oakland downtown, SF, Tokyo, Paris, Shanghai, Beijing, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Boston…
- Sports fields (Americans are out of shape and bored) – Berkeley’s soccer fields by 880 @Gilman
- Outdoor Concert Halls – Greek Theater, Berkeley
- Temporary tree nursery lots – SF’s Better MidMarket plan contemplates this
- Art installations – SF’s mid-market, Uptown’s empty lot fencing
- “Wild space” – you know
- Community gardens – plenty of people would want to start/maintain these, ie Hayes Valley Farm, Tenderloin People’s Garden
- Dog parks – Hardy Park, Rockridge; better than car parks
Are you against adding yet-more parking to downtown Oakland? Find who to contact at A Better Oakland. Let’s stop the CEDA-Planning Commission park-loving borg entity… and actually raise property values and increase human amenities downtown! (Plus emergency capacity.)
And just kidding about basashimi. I’d eat fried cockroaches before eating horse, rabbit or dolphin.
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