Thursday, January 7, 2010

Here's a thought: if you want more parking, why don't you tear down your building?

Cars not parks: This guy wants to Pave-over a park next to the Ballona Wetlands

Playa del Rey: Proposal to convert Titmouse Park to parking lot draws passionate responses

For the better part of 15 years, Craig Fraulino has had a front-row seat watching traffic and parking challenges on Culver Boulevard in Playa del Rey escalate.

The boulevard is used increasingly by Westside commuters during the day and motorists returning to the South Bay in the evening, and without sufficient parking, some businesses along Culver are becoming more anxious about their future in the beachside community.
“Parking is a real issue for almost all of the merchants on Culver Boulevard,” said Susan Zolla, the proprietor of the Inn at Playa del Rey.

In an effort to alleviate the dearth of parking spaces, Fraulino, an architect, is proposing the controversial idea of converting Titmouse Park into a parking lot.

“Titmouse is one of about five ideas that I have about parking,” Fraulino said of the pocket park site. “But it’s going to garner the most attention because there is a false emotional attachment to it by certain residents and many of the environmentalists.”...

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