City Downtown’s New Grocery Store
posted by August 30 at 10:09 AMon
About time. About effin’ time. For downtown area residents, grocery choices are slim. There’s Whole Foods (too expensive), Pike Place Market (closes by 6pm every day), Dan’s Belltown Grocery (ok if you’re a AIS student, but I rarely shop there), Ralph’s (too fancy, expensive). A good grocery store can really tie a neighborhood together.
But Horsesass doesn’t point out the most interesting detail:
The store will have no parking facilities…. That means, “What you can carry is what you can purchase,” Myers said. To expand its service area, the IGA also will use small vehicles to make deliveries as far as the waterfront, Capitol Hill, Pioneer Square and the base of Queen Anne Hill.
That’s great—now let’s start building apartments and condos without parking facilities. Eliminating parking requirements for new developments will bring down rents, make condos more affordable, and move people on to mass transit. People that still wanted parking could opt to pay higher rents and higher prices for condos, of course, but the city shouldn’t make those higher rents and condo prices mandatory.