Sunlit Water

January 24, 2009

Ithaca Parking

Filed under: Transportation,Urban Living — by teofilo @ 12:12 am

Via Yglesias, I see that the city of Ithaca is considering a proposal to significantly increase both density and the cost of parking in Collegetown.  I think this is a good idea, of course.  I lived in Collegetown for my last two years of college.  It’s an odd neighborhood.  There’s a certain amount of urban-ish density, especially in the area right around the bridge that leads to the Cornell campus, but it drops off rapidly within a couple blocks in any direction.  There are a few mid-to-high-rise apartment buildings right in that area, but the apartments in them are very expensive and most students live in the considerably cheaper apartments and houses that form the majority of the housing stock in the neighborhood.  Even there, though, the rents are quite high for the area, largely because the Cornell student body is significantly wealthier on average than the non-Cornell population of the city.  Parking is always a problem; my senior year I lived in an apartment fairly close to campus and rented a parking space, and it cost a fortune.  It was worth it, though, because on-street parking in that area is virtually impossible to find.  Making the whole area denser and more urban would largely be a matter of continuing existing trends (those big apartment buildings are pretty new), and removing regulatory hurdles to that would be a major step in the right direction.

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