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Searching for Solutions to San Diego Downtown Parking

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Aired 4/19/09

A downtown workshop later today will tackle the problem of parking -- or the lack of it -- in San Diego's urban core. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

The goal is to come up with a plan so people living, working or visiting downtown San Diego won’t have to spend hours driving round and round looking for a place to park.

By the year 2030 there'll be 90,000 people living downtown, three times as many as now.

Condo resident Gary Smith is on the Downtown Parking Management Group. He says units built before 2000 didn't come with parking.

Smith: That was an idea that urban planners had, that if we do not provide parking on site, people will have to walk, and that will provide feet on the street.

The Downtown Community Plan requires only one parking space per new condo. Extra spaces can cost $2,000.

San Diego's Downtown Redevelopment Agency is talking about a new kinds of parking meters and making better use of existing parking structures, some of which empty out and close down at night. 

Alison St John, KPBS News

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