Comments about ‘Survey says parking changes aren't keeping drivers away from downtown’

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Published: Wednesday, Aug. 21 2013 6:30 p.m. MDT

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mountainlocal
Brooklyn, NY

Anyone who says there isn't enough parking downtown is simply blind or lazy. There is a pay lot on every other corner. Walking downtown is boring because there are so many gaps in stores, restaurants, galleries, etc because there are so many parking lots. People won't walk 2-3 blocks anymore, it's kind of an epidemic of lazy suburban mentality.

And there is very little traffic unless a Jazz game just finished. The same people complaining about traffic are the ones sit on I-15 for a half hour a day. Bad traffic is the Fort Union area, trying to get off 90th south when there is a soccer game, I-215 interchange with I-15, going into Davis County after 5 PM.

Brave Sir Robin
San Diego, CA

Nobody is saying there isn't enough parking downtown...what everybody is saying is that it's too expensive to park downtown. More specifically, there's nothing downtown besides the Jazz and temple square that you can't get somewhere else where the parking is free. If I need a restaurant, there are plenty away from downtown where parking is free. If I need a mall store, there are dozens of malls away from downtown where parking is free. Downtown's product is not differentiated enough to justify paying to park...if you can get the same things elsewhere for lower price, who wouldn't do that?

Maudine
SLC, UT

@ Brave Sir Robin: Did you even read the article? No one complained about the cost of parking downtown. Two respondents said they don't go downtown because of "long walking distances, parking access, and distaste for paid parking."

Those two people don't like paying for parking period - neither they, nor anyone else, mentioned it being too expensive.

mountainlocal
Brooklyn, NY

Sir Robin,
I wholeheartedly disagree with your assessment of downtown. You obviously haven't been there for a while or aren't taking advantage of what is being offered. There are free jazz concerts every Tuesday night at Gallivan, free concerts at Brigham Young Park, nearly free Twilight Concerts, farmers markets on Tuesday and Saturday, festivals at Washington Square, and City Creek blows the doors off any suburban mall. Just to name a few.

It also has a way larger variety of restaurants that have better quality food and an actual atmosphere, as opposed to the strip mall or places like Jordan Landing. I also like to walk around after I eat and enjoy the summer night. Look at galleries and shops. Go get desert at somewhere else. Sit on an outside patio or deck and get a glass of wine.

I just think people are too lazy to walk a couple of blocks, too cheap to pay a few bucks, and too intimidated by the new technology that makes you enter a few numbers rather than just dropping in some coins.

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