Bridgeport Parking Rage

Regular readers will know that I have a beef with the almost total auto-dependence of the Bridgeport Village “lifestyle center.”

Yesterday’s Oregonian brings word of “parking rage” at the mall. I’m not sure how much of this is a true shortage (Bridgeport has 3.5 parking spaces per 1000 square feet of retail, compared to 4-5 as an industry standard) versus the “bait and switch” parking approach with lots of visible surface parking, when in fact most of the actual parking is in the structure at the west end of the complex.

Word is that 250 spaces will be added nearby. I can’t help wonder what the same investment in pedestrian, bike and transit accessibility might add.

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