My first posting on Cyburbia!
I am the City Planner for a Midwestern suburban city (pop 25K) and we are in the process of updating our Comp Plan. Right now, I am reviewing our downtown area, thinking of ways to improve its walkability and pedestrian friendliness over the next 10-15 years or so. In doing so, it occurred to me that there is just entirely too much land area dedicated to off-street parking (100% of which is surface parking). I'd like to back my hunch up with some hard numbers comparing my city with others.
So, can anyone help with this question: What is the typical % land used for off-street surface parking in downtown areas in small to mid-sized cities (20k to 100k)? Anyone ever done a surface analysis on their own city or have a suggested resource/article that might give some general guidelines?
And, does anyone have any thoughts on whether the construction of a new parking structure has resulted in more efficient land use in the downtown area (e.g. former surface parking lots have become viable downtown buildings)
Thanks in advance for any thoughts or suggestions!