Originally Posted by austex
I agree! Allow me to rant for a minute....But where are the options for commuting? Nearly everyone MUST use a car to get around.
Preach it, brother!
I'm on S. Lamar just north of Ben White behind Brodie Oaks Shopping Center and I haven't had a car the entire 14 years I've lived in this complex. While I agree that most people need a car to get around, there are still some (like me) that don't. Many of my neighbors are elderly, retired and on a fixed income and don't have cars. Capital Metro isn't convenient at times, but that's a sacrifice I (and they) make to live here.
That project planned for the Broken Spoke is just south of the Corners Shopping Center (Half Price books, the new Kerbey Lane Cafe', etc.) 7 blocks south of Walgreen's & Maria's Taca Xpress, and about 8 blocks north of Brodie Oaks & Lake Hills Shopping Centers. It's also within walking distance of the #3 bus to downtown, the 338 up Lamar to Ladybird Lake and beyond (all the way to Hancock Center) and the 331 that goes out Oltorf (past the HEB at Congress & Oltorf all the way to ACC Riverside Campus.)
So let's say you had a typical one-bedroom apartment there for $900.00 and it came with one parking space. A married couple in a one bedroom with two cars could pay a 10% premium, and a person without a car could get a 10% discount.
So you'd end up with:
1. One person with no car pays $810.00 per month
2. One person (or a couple) with only one car would pay $900.00 per month.
3. Couple with 2 cars pays $990.00 per month.
(I'm just using the $900.00 base price as an example - it would probably be more.)
Something else I'd like to see is just a basic
(as opposed to a "luxury") apartment. I don't need granite counter tops or stained concrete floors. Formica & cheap carpet is fine with me. (It's what I have now) and I also don't need a pool or a workout room.
Remember when Spring was first proposed? They weren't going to have a pool or a gym - making them affordable for the teacher or firefighter, etc. That didn't happen.
The more rents go up, the less discretionary income people have to spend at all this planned retail, too.
OK, now MY rant is over.
South Lamar is a classic example of the past short mindedness of elected officials and local residents. Barton Skyway/Lightsey/Woodward were to be connected to allow traffic to move from MoPac to I35 on one roadway. However, the powers that be in the 1970's choose to not follow through and in 2012 ALL traffic to MoPac must travel along Lamar to Loop360 or Barton Springs to use the freeway.
There was an article last month in the Statesman about that;
Bridge to somewhere went nowhere: the story of Barton Skyway
Ben Wear, Getting There
Austin American Statesman
June 17, 2012
The backup on eastbound Barton Springs Road from the traffic light at Robert E. Lee Road, on the worst afternoons, runs all the way through Zilker Park and up MoPac Boulevard's northbound frontage road. That's almost a mile of stop-and-go through Austin's most iconic green space.
About a mile to the south, where Barton Skyway hits Barton Hills Drive, traffic is generally quiet at that time or, really, anytime. Just beyond the intersection, there's a stub of Barton Skyway about 100 feet long that dead-ends into the trees of the Barton Creek greenbelt, as if someone at one point had plans to extend it west.
That stub and those cars crawling through Zilker Park in the afternoon rush are not unrelated.