The quote from Liz Lessener in the article sums up why I'm for the new 130 meter spaces. The opponents of the plan I agree are short-sighted and not looking at the bigger picture of revitalizing downtown as a whole.
“If we really want Downtown to pop and be vibrant again, we have to add to the bustle,” she said. “I’m a native of Chicago and I spent a lot of time in San Francisco and it’s totally normal and safe to have buses, cars, bicycles, pedestrians and scooters, all sharing the same street.”
No Parking: Not everyone thinks High Street parking meters are a great idea
Posted on August 9, 2012
by Melissa Dilley
The Other Paper
Andrew Neutzling was highly motivated by, of all things, a Facebook post that appeared in his news feed early last week.
By Wednesday, Aug. 1, he’d founded the People’s Department of Transportation of Central Ohio (PDOT), created a Facebook page for the activist group and made calls to everyone he knew to recruit members. He was going to need as much support for PDOT as possible by Thursday.
What was the rush to create a group to represent the common man in the local transportation planning arena?
The announcement that provided the impetus for Neutzling’s new organization came after Columbus’s Public Service Department announced that it would hold a public meeting Aug. 2 to unveil plans for creating 130 new parking spots along High Street from Goodale Avenue to Mound Street—a stretch from roughly the I-670 Cap, past the Convention Center, through Downtown to the Brewery District.