So it seems the development of the South Boston Waterfront aka the Seaport District is sort of back firing. Back in the day the waterfront consisted of an abundance of affordable parking lots that catered to out of town commuters looking to drive into Boston but did not pay downtown prices (You know the same people who use L Street to cut through). Well, now that this part of the neighborhood is developing at a rapid fire pace, a major issue has reared its ugly head – lack of parking! No kidding, really?
According to an article written by Jon Chesto in The Boston Globe, potentially 2100 new parking spots will be created via two large projects subsided by Massport and Boston Planning and Development Agency. Well, isn’t that nice? So government subsided parking for commuters?
Why not through a parking bone to the residents of the neighborhood that are feeling the crunch of rapid development and a parking shortage too? Can’t we get one municipal parking garage? And before everyone starts quoting Shoup and Dante Ramos and how generating parking spots and garages does not solve a parking crisis, well, if you are doing it for the suburban commuters, why not help out the residents of the neighborhood? Tell, the suburban commuters to take public transportation.
Anyway, why is the government catering to large corporations and its employees? Aren’t they getting tax breaks? Have them build their own parking garages! All, we are saying is at least give the residents of South Boston something in terms of parking, please, we are begging you!