Wednesday, April 12, 2006
A new study suggests one in three residents of San Diego County like the idea of living downtown and would consider moving there. However one of the main disincentives to downtown living remains transit and parking. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.
The report disputes the idea the condo market downtown is slowing. Plans call for 60,000 more residents to move into downtown in the next 25 years. Bob Meadow, who conducted the survey, says only one in four San Diegans is worried the real estate bubble will burst.
Rather, they see lack of affordable housing as their first concern.
Their next concern is inadequate parking. Meadow argues that's more of a perception problem.
Meadow: "It's the people outside who are much more concerned than people who live downtown, people who live downtown don't need their cars as much."
However the question of how to solve downtown's long term transit needs remains unresolved. Some resident groups are pushing for more parking, and meanwhile environmental groups are mounting a battle to fight for less parking and more public transit. Alison St John, KPBS news.