For any city, I believe it's too unrealistic a request for the entire elimination of parking lots at the surface level. For many of us of this forum, however, the argument has been that Halifax has an embarrassingly high volume of surface level parking, not confinedly based on a city of its size, but for the age
of our downtown. The urbanised approach to changing direction on this is, as we've discussed: parking garages
, both above ground and under--both solely developed and concurrently developed with future buildings.
I'm not well versed in laws regarding the maintenance of vehicles in larger cities. What are the implications for a legal governance to force developers to include, for example, underground parking in the plans for their buildings? Are tax credit incentives seen as the only useful tool?
Take this picture for instance:
This is a prime example of how prime
waterfront property is absurdly used for parking
I would love to see some kind of development go here... But if that is impossible I would still prefer something other than a parking lot. l've often considered the severe foot traffic on this part of the waterfront; it is, after all, beside the ferry terminal. This foot traffic can be better served, and relieved, by use of this parking lot in a different nature...
To compliment Halifax's Heritage District, which is adjacent, I've often thought this is the perfect spot for a waterfront park. The heritage context would be in the species of trees used: only those naturally found in our Acadian Forest. This would help bring a stronger sense of Old Halifax
to the downtown, and serve as a natural extension of Chebucto Landing.
Halifax is seeing recent success in a series of developments going through. As a counterbalance we also need some focus on green space to properly service the additional foot traffic.