Portland is a PR machine for light rail & streetcar
Here are Some Facts About Portland Oregon
Allegedly, huge amounts are being spent on parking lots at local stores driving up
the cost of everything we purchase.
Lets take a look
Lets start using data from a rabidly anti-automobile group, so we know we are not
underestimating the cost:
This table illustrates the costs of providing parking under typical conditions. The
“Parking Cost, Pricing and Revenue Calculator” (www.vtpi.org/parking.xls) can calculate
these costs based on input values for specific circumstances. Note that these costs
do not include property taxes but values for taxes can be added in the calculator.
A Wallmart is usually suburban, so lets use the suburban surface of $74/month. This
is $2.47 per day or $0.21 per hour. How much does the typical shopper spend in a
typical hour of shopping? We guess that it is a lot more than $0.21! (even if you
account for the unused spaces, providing parking is a really cheap way to attract
This chart also show the very high cost of high density construction as that $74/month
space goes for up to $334/mo in the high density central business district, an density
penalty of 451%.