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Is Reduced Parking at Barclays a Good or Bad Thing? [POLL]

The ESDC has allowed Forest City Ratner to reduce parking at the soon-to-open Atlantic Yards arena from 1,100 to just under 550 spots. But will that help or hurt area residents?

Last week the head of the Empire State Development Corporation r surface lot from 1,100 to just under 550.

The move allows developer Forest City Ratner to throw out its plan for the loud and slow “stack-parking," which uses hydraulic lifts to load as many as four cars on vertical structures, which critics say will slow traffic to a crawl when the 18,000-seat arena .

Neighborhood activists have been pushing for reduced parking spaces for some time, arguing that fewer parking spaces mean fewer people will drive to the arena.

However others argue that fewer spots will only lead to more cars competing for street parking.

In related news, Streetsblog reported that Forest City has reneged on its much-touted promise to build a staffed indoor bike parking facility in time for the arena opening. Instead, there will be standard outdoor racks until "building three" is constructed, if it ever is.

What do you think? Is reducing the number of parking spaces a good or bad thing?

Jenny May 08, 2012 at 07:23 PM
pretty sure that whatever happens, there will be lots of people complaining.
Grand Army May 09, 2012 at 03:14 PM
I think it helps to focus in a very localized way on who will be most impacted in our neighborhood. The lack of stackers is really important for people who live on Dean St between 6th Ave and Vanderbilt -- and really for everyone who lives near the parking block (Carlton-Vanderbilt; Dean-Pacific). The congestion and delays they would create would be a real disaster. Yes, there will be more competition for street parking for me. But that's not as bad an impact as living on top of a traffic nightmare. And, trying to look postively at this, maybe it will discourage arena attendees from driving.
Peter Krashes May 09, 2012 at 04:35 PM
What are the consequences of a change in parking? If we had an SEIS, we'd know. http://www.atlanticyardswatch.net/node/662

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