EDITORIAL: New condos could create parking crunch
Cars may soon be legislated out of existence — not by anti-idlers and environmentalists concerned about greenhouse gasses — but by city planners intent on getting rid of parking spaces in condos.
Metro Vancouver argues that there are more parking stalls in condos than are actually needed and cites surveys that show young people are taking transit more and won't need parking spaces in the future.
It sounds like a neat idea: cut parking and cut housing costs while boosting transit use. Problem is, people think they don't need parking but find they still need their cars and those vehicles end up on city streets, creating headaches for neighbours.
Some folks may be able to go car-free, such as young people and seniors who live alone and don't need to pack a lot of groceries and kids. But for everyone else, cars are still a necessity, especially in the suburbs, and cutting corners in parking spaces won't wash.