Some great ideas have been generated from the DMM forum and we wanted to summarize the discussions for those who want a brief overview. Please keep the ideas flowing on the forum… we will update these posts with the new ideas on a regular basis.
- Have garages contract with businesses for parking instead of downtown workers
- Pre-tax payroll deductions benefit the workers
- Reduced overhead for garage owners (payment collections and sales efforts)
- More readily available information regarding parking garage vacancies
- Enhance the EasyParkDowntown website with # of spots available for monthly parking per garage
- Improve the EasyParkDowntown user interface
- Create and pass out brochures regarding parking options during major events
- Create a parking pass system that can be used a meters to make it easier for people to park or a single permit system that could be used at all garages.
- Work with condos/apartments that don’t have on-site parking to buy blocks of parking for residents (i.e. Eva Feldman)
- Create new, consistent signage for parking garages throughout the city to facilitate finding parking more easily when you are in your car. It was noted that this idea was initially discussed in 2004 but did not come to fruition. A link to Fort Worth parking signage was posted. Make sure it is obvious which garages are public vs. private
- Make the parking garages cool and attractive – colorful/neon lighting, music piped in, public art dressing the walls (or even graffiti art) similar to the “Parking is Fun” garage in Memphis, TN. Lots of links to examples included and discussion regarding promoting graffiti art in public spaces.
- Put roof-top bar or something on top of the transportation garage because of the beautiful views from up there.
- Add angled parking to the streets instead of parallel parking. Discussion ensued regarding safety and the fact that our streets are wide enough to accommodate.