Saturday, May 25, 2013
Excellent article, William. I'm excited by the possibility of more downtown residents.
Q: Did the population drop to "only 120" people in both Tract 9 and Tract 10 in 1970?
As to the challenge of selling/renting housing with less parking, this is not likely to a problem. With lower parking minimums, the market gets more choice it what it wants. They can still build the same parking as before, if there is actually demand for it. Do you think the city should have continued to effectively subsidize parking to lure more residents downtown? Or do you think we need parking maximums to restrict the market from over-supplying parking? I see that we need a better pedestrian environment, but as you say that comes largely from higher population density--which is served by lower parking density.
Just chiming in to say some people will really enjoyed the movie, and the 48 FPS 3D format. I certainly did, though it did take getting used to. I didn't mind the length at all and actually was surprised 3hrs had passed already when the credits rolled.
I'm all for efforts to improve downtown. Rebranding is a good idea, and "Kay" is cool due to the historic significance etc.
I have a problem with "The" Kay. Things named "The _____" are shortened versions of "The _____ Something". For example, people commonly refer to districts in San Francisco leaving off the "District", (The Mission, The Richmond, etc.). Also in Los Angeles (where freeways predate the interstate system, and were originally called The 101 Freeway, The 5 Freeway) they say The 101 and The 5. One more: "The Sacramento" refers to the river. No one says The Folsom Blvd, The Hollywood Way, etc. Why The K Street or The Kay Street?
So... let's call it "The Kay District", and then drop District if we are lazy or too cool. Don't leave District off of any signage or official branding--that's silly (at least until the brand is well established).
Or, just call it "Kay Street". That's simple and historically accurate too.
Please, let's not make the officially branding "The Kay".
I'm looking forward to this. Their burgers are tops, and it will be easily accessible from the Two Rivers Bike Trail.
Freeport! I'd also love to see a way for bikes through the Downtown Plaza however it gets redone. That would make a continuous bike route on one street from river to Alhambra.
Also bike boulevards: 13th Street, R Street, and O Street for a start. These are already pretty good routes, but could be excellent for beginner riders with some extra attention.
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