Featured Class Presentation: Lloyd District Development and Transportation

We’ve had a chance to summarize presentations from the PSU/PDOT Traffic and Transportation for each of the last two weeks. Now we’d like to feature one presentation that we found particularly interesting, something we’d like to do each semester.

Marcia Carlson (PDF 2.5M) has certainly identied quite an opportunity: over the next decade, many surface parking lots in the Lloyd District are going to grow tall buildings!

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parking lots to become tall buildings!

We’ve had a chance to summarize presentations from the PSU/PDOT Traffic and Transportation for each of the last two weeks. Now we’d like to feature one presentation that we found particularly interesting, something we’d like to do each semester.

Marcia Carlson (PDF 2.5M) has certainly identied quite an opportunity: over the next decade, many surface parking lots in the Lloyd District are going to grow tall buildings!

The opportunity: as 17,000 new jobs and 3,000 new households are added to the district, how can you keep auto-intensity under control?

Marcia’s solution? Provide guidance to developers on the number of parking spaces to build, engage the Lloyd District TMA in negotiating group pricing for residents with TriMet and emphasize tools like Flexcar.

We think Marcia’s on to something. The Lloyd has great possibilities for building a car free residential culture. Here are some of the advantages in place:

  • A strong employment-oriented TMA already in place
  • Developers who understand that shifting modes is cheaper than building parking
  • A large inventory of parking for employees that could be shared with residents overnight

We suggested a different idea to Marcia: put regulation in place that requires developers to unbundle condos and parking spaces, i.e., when you buy a condo, you can also buy a parking space if you want, but you’re not required to! We think this would reduce the number of parking spaces built. How many folks in the Pearl own cars only because they have a parking space (whether they wanted it or not). Today lenders seem to be requiring about 1 parking space for every residential unit in the Pearl. I think this would change quickly if half the spaces didn’t sell in an unbundled scheme. And faced with a $15,000 or $20,000 price tag, how many folks would think about whether they really want to bring a car to that new condo?

Go for it, Marcia!

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