Baker's coming parking squeeze

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two lots on Broadway help provide parking needed by evening visitors; but these lots aren't public, they are private lots used by the public without any formal arrangement; after the credit union or Big Lots have closed for the night, one or both of these lots might be nearly full with patrons of the Mayan, Three Kings Tavern or any of several other active nightspots on Broadway

recently two events have threatened this status quo

first, Big Lots is closing its 1st & Broadway store; rumors that a grocery store might be ready to move in are not borne out by the appearance of a large "Available" sign; but any new tenant in this building could easily mean the end of the informal free parking
Big Lots site available

second, the Security Service lot at West Archer Place & Broadway has sprouted new, ominous signage that has scared off most night parkers
restricted parking sign

together, these changes portend greater competition for parking on and adjacent to Broadway; if it doesn't come now, it will come eventually; businesses and nearby residents could feel the effects in different ways; already tight neighborhood parking could be pushed to the point that residents seek to impose permit parking; and businesses that depend on ample parking might take a hit, or seek solutions like valet parking; valet parking could in turn produce a surfeit of short trips through the neighborhood

or perhaps this is the tipping point for trolley service on Broadway and a firming of the already solid trend of non-motorized visits to the area; one can hope ...


maybe times-square the space?

Absolutely, the harder parking gets the more we have to figure out other modes.

On a recent trip to New York I saw the updates to Times Square:

While the specific moment I happened upon wasn't ideal for the kid in the stroller, the overall effect is amazingly pleasent.

Painting one line of the street green and closing it off to cars/buses makes the area much more pedestrian/bike friendly. Maybe the diamond lane on Broadway could be similarly improved.