Let say that you had provisions to require that all new streets should accomidate on-street parking and put a maximum on new parking lots. I think that most jurisdiction's parking requirments create the sea of parking that is only at capacity at peak times and for most commerical that is post thanksgiving and a few days right before christmas. I have also noticed that alot of communities are requiring buildings to be oriented to the street but the parking is either at the side or in the rear. What incentive is it to the consumer to occupy that space if there are no reason for him to be there? I think allowing on-street parking and in certain situation requiring the developer to install addition lane width to accomadate this would provide a traffic calming effect as well as incentive for the pedestrian to occupy the semi-public space in front of the store? Sometimes we just get things half right and it loses context.
mods - feel free to move this if need be.