I'm in a debate with some people in my neighborhood about requiring buildings to be pulled up to the sidewalk, with parking lots placed in the rear. They say this is unsafe, and that parking lots should be placed between the building and the street, so that motorists can see if someone is in trouble and stop and help them out.
It's hard for me to believe that's true, but I wonder if there's any data showing that rear parking lots are less safe. I've argued that the rear lots would not be dark, abandoned alleys, but well lit, well designed lots and that the stores would have doors that open directly to the parking area. But they say no, parking out front is the only safe way to go.
Has anyone seen any studies on this? Thank you.