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on Jan 11, 2010
Parking for and around SRVHS:
SRVHS needs much more parking for all of the students that actually want to self-commute by car! SRVHS also needs better traffic flowm pickup and dropoff flow, and sports event parking! (This should have been the #1 priority for years now. Parking should have been done before any other construction projects as getting to and from school is first and foremost necessity. But, instead, parking has been neglected.)
Parking in Downtown Danville:
Whatever the plans are, I sure hope that Danville's Parking Enforcement doesn't become like Walnut Creek's. I avoid shopping and dining in WC as much as possible because the parking situation is oppressive and obnoxious. Constantly worrying about the timing. Can't find parking spots easily and closely. Make a mistake in getting back to a meter and its expensive. Enforcement feels "Gestapo".
Danville merchants have hard enough time as is. Don't make the parking become a dis-incentive to shopping/dining in Danville as well.
As for valet parking? Not interested at all! I can park my own car thank you! (And many other reasons as well.)
Parking using "compact spaces":
Danville planners should never have bought into the false logics of using "compact spaces". (I don't care if the rest of CA planners are doing so. Somebody should stand up against this lie.)
All spaces should be sized for full-sized cars. Parking spaces should only be "counted" if full-sized spaces.
Compact owners should just have the built-in benefit of having more space around their cars and therefore perhaps less chance of door dings as a result. Good for them if they decide to choose a compact car.
Let Danville residents make their own decisions about what size car is the best for their needs and purposes. We, the people, know what is best for us in terms of what we need and want. Govt should not be involved in influencing or forcing people's individual decisions. Govt should just be "servicing" the needs and wishes of the people, not be dictating and shaping what those needs will be according to someone's particular philosophies and policies.
Concerning parking, like all development, if you build it they will come. Danville has plenty of parking for what Danville needs to be. We build more now, more outsiders come, then we need more parking, and so it goes.
Concerning Tassajara Valley, test us at your own caution
Downtown Danville has very few parking spots for bicycles. For a community that has so many nearby homes in a basically flat geographical profile, it is hard to believe that the town and the community of people it represents does not do a better job of providing easy to access "parking" for bicycles. Entire shopping centers / strips are devoid of bicycle parking locations. Leaning bikes against windows and buildings or using a traffic sign post are NOT a bicycle parking spot.
You would think that the residents of Danville might have a conscience when it comes to using more energy appropriate means to get around. And you might think the town would encourage bicycle use by providing places to conveniently park a bicycle around town.
Cyclists need a spot that allows the bike to be free standing and a place to loop a lock/cable through so that the wheels and frame cannot be stolen. Leaning bikes against windows
You would think that the President of Pete's coffee, who lives here locally, would do something given that his stores Danville location is very popular with bikers, but NO!!! There is one measly little bike stand, so on busy bike days there are bikes scattered along all of the walls around the building.
Parking at SRVHS??? Huge assumptions behind your request. Does anyone realize that we are a society of great privilege??? How about encouraging more car pools, walking and riding ones bike? Of course the default request is "more parking for us spoiled users of cars borrowed or gifted from parents. No the town does NOT need to provide more parking for students so the "walk" from car to class is shortened. Get up earlier, leave home earlier and score closer parking. Take earlier classes to score closer parking. Ride a bike, walk, have a friend pick you up. Save some of your parents or your own money and find alternative means to get to school.
But requesting more parking so you can shorten your 5 minute walk to class is bogus.
My teenager just got his license and would love to carpool with friends to lessen the parking situation at the school,but with the DMV limitations on his license it's not possible and with the changes to the bus schedule, most kids are not willing to get to school an hour or so before the actual start time of classes and walking or riding a bike to and from is great in the summer/fall, but not so great in the winter. Also, to park along the street by the school requires a permit and fee to the student, not all students at SRVHS are privileged, some do have to pay for the privilege to drive, such as gas,registration,insurance and maintenance.
After reading very considerate review of the scope of downtown issues in Danville including parking, I had a coffee conversation with private equity investors that are becoming more of the ownership in Alamo, Danville and many other corridor business districts. We agreed that Danville needs a tower of some 12 or more floors to provide a centerpoint for the town. It can be a combination of facilities including a boutique hotel, various hospitality and a commercial center.
The reality is Danville is going to change economically to larger facilities for anchor stores, commercial operations and hospitality. If such change is avoided, the business district will retract and surrender to Walnut Creek's invitation of well-presented retail, hospitality and commercial offerings.
Let's have your readers and commentators focus on larger facilities and higher commercial structures as the economic potential of Danville. If they object, then let's invite alternatives that will realistically insure Danville's downtown survival.
May we have your readers' comments?
Downtown's not gonna die. We don't need to help downtown survive. No way do we need a tower. No way do we have to except urbanization. We'll tear it all down. You all presume that things just keep going the way they have for a few decades. But the paradigms gonna drastically shift. We shall fight for our way of life. There are so many methods at our disposal
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