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Work ordered stopped on city parking deck

October 9, 2013

Fearing the city might not have enough federal funds to complete the new Mid-Town parking garage, administration officials Tuesday put a work stoppage on the project, which is called Trade and......

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Oct-09-13 11:29 AM

Surface lot...Yeah, all we need is another surface lot to be constantly full and then eventually switched to permit parking effectively doing nothing for the abysmal parking situation down town.

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Oct-09-13 11:10 AM

What an article! I thought I was reading a script for Larry, Moe and Curly. Can a city be run more bass ackwards? As for electing (and appointing) these clowns, the r's have our city government in a vice grip and have for years. Maybe THAT'S the problem.

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Oct-09-13 11:08 AM

Downtown city park? Had this conversation the other night with friends over a cocktail.

Thoughts about abandoning increasing parking and advocate a small city park for downtown events.

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Oct-09-13 10:52 AM

Parking solutions for cities evolve and parking issues cannot be remedied in one swift move (such as a parking structure). First, you use a gravel lot. Once it has a track record of being filled to capacity, you pave/paint the lot, and raise parking rates. When that is also at a capacity, you "stack" the cars, on lifts. Then, next step would be to build a parking garage. This is how larger cities have been doing this for years. Remember, each empty parking space in the parking garage represents dollars wasted.

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Oct-09-13 10:45 AM

If you are stupid enough to think that Williamsport doesn't have a parking issue or doesn't need a parking deck then you are just as stupid as the elected officials. Parking isn't just for shoppers and is for those of us working downtown. There aren't enough spaces now to accommodate all of us. Just try the Third Street parking deck on Jury Duty Day you morons.

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Oct-09-13 9:44 AM

This is exactly what needs to happen. Strong Towns Strategy 1. Stop. Don't Double Down."Cities and Towns should freeze all planned projects and reevaluate their capital improvement efforts through the prism of creating a higher rate of return. Continuing to do projects that have long-term obligations exceeding locally-generated revenue potential simply makes the problem worse." Kohl's and Wegmans are here to stay, but their orientation to the city has alienated the downtown. The goal should be to get more people downtown and revitalize our city. Katz is right; the city has new needs.

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Oct-09-13 8:53 AM

It would be a terrible idea to replace a parking garage with a surface lot. The permanent net loss of parking spaces would be an obvious and immediate problem; the downtown parking situation is already bad enough. But the longer-term and possibly more detrimental issue would be a gaping hole in the streetscape and appearance of the site in the core of our downtown. It creates a relative dead space that erodes urban vibrancy. We need a parking garage or other structure that maintains the character and building mass on the street. If there is no funding, restoring the site to a vacant grassed lot for now, until there is a viable project, would be better than leaving it as an "improved" surface lot for all eternity.

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Oct-09-13 8:49 AM

Hold on there Bobbie-- I'd like to state I've NEVER pulled the lever for Campana the Clown!!

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Oct-09-13 8:20 AM

how can you start a project without any secured funding ?

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Oct-09-13 7:29 AM

we all know what kind of people are running our town and no it is not the ones with smart

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Oct-09-13 7:07 AM

nosferatu-- No, you can't fix stupid, but you can sedate it.

This city is run by morons. Been that way for years and will continue to be.

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Oct-09-13 2:14 AM

Why not get the Outlaws to build a hockey rink in it's place. Pitiful.

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