Originally Posted by Chef
Are you basing this on an 11 year old Google Earth photo like the last time you were ranting about parking lots in downtown Minneapolis? Have you spent enough time in Minneapolis to know how people use it in real life and to know how the downtown and inner neighborhoods interact in real life?
LOL. How many of the massive, full block/near full block parking garages have been torn down since Google took those aerials? I'd bet nearly none. Or maybe none. Yes, a small fraction of the parking lots since Google Streetview took pictures has been developed up near the river. Probably none of the massive parking garages though have been redeveloped since then. And if they have, please tell us which ones.
A HUGE percentage of downtown Minneapolis, even west of 5th Ave. S. is covered in parking lots and above-ground garages. Yes, even in 2012. You know this to be true if you live there. To deny it is dishonest. And yes, I have spent some time there. And a very close friend of mine lived between the Convention Center and Loring Park for some time, and I've often spoke with him about the city. The only street consistently even close to crowded during the day is Nicollet, and during the night is 1st Avenue.
If those aerials are so out-of-date as to be nearly useless, tell me if the following is still parking:
-a huge garage covering the block bound by 2nd and 3rd Avenues, and 10th and 11th Streets
-another above ground garage covering most of the block bound by 11th and 12th, 2nd and Marquette
-surface parking covering nearly the entire block bound by 2nd and 3rd Avenues, 9th and 10 Streets
-the entire block bound by 4th and 5th Avenue, and 5th and 6th Streets
-the entire block bound by 3rd Street and Washington Avenue, 4th and 5th Avenues
-the north side of S. 2nd Street from 5th to 3rd Avenue
-the block bound by Nicollet Mall, 3rd Street, Hennepin Avenue, and Washington Avenue.
-the enormous garage and surface parking bound by 10th, 9th, and 7th Streets.
-the entire block bound by Hennepin and Hawthorne Avenues, 10th and 11th Streets
-the block bound by Marquette, Nicollet, 3rd and 4th Streets
I'm going to go out on a limb and bet that no more than one of these blocks (if that) has seen its parking replaced with buildings. I don't know how you can see that a large percentage of downtown Minneapolis even west of 5th Avenue S. is not covered in above ground parking (lots and garages). It is.