Politics I Know, I Know, Squabbling Between Bloggers is Sooooo Interesting. But…
posted by November 2 at 11:39 AMon
I gotta respond.
Yesterday, canny Slogger Annie Wagner connected the dots on some contributions to the ‘Yes’ on Prop. 1 campaign and noted: “Smells like sprawl to me.”
I wrote a comment adding on to Annie’s initial point about roads, saying that poorly planned light rail can actually induce sprawl. Will at HorsesAss disagrees.
But Will unwittingly makes my point, writing:
Besides, who cares? Park and rides become popular, they fill up, and the decision is made about what to do next. Sometimes they’re expanded into parking garages. And those parking garages eventually become paid parking garages, which turn into paid carpool parking garages, which turn into… apartments with retail.
And what do you think they fill up with, Will? Magical beach balls?
They fill up with cars. Because, like I said yesterday, ill-conceived light rail lines don’t create density, they create outpost park and rides that fuel exurban development and more roads. (Check out towns like New Market, Maryland “along” the Red Line—or some 40 miles away from DC.)
And seriously: What’s the track record on parking garages turning into apartments with retail?