Principles enrich the public realm put pedestrians

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PRINCIPLES Enrich the Public Realm Put Pedestrians First The suburban pattern of buildings sited away from the street, with ample parking waiting in front, is convenient for cars and drivers, but it’s deadly to pedestrian activity. In developing urban areas like the Gaines Street districts, creative if conventionally inconvenient ways to store cars must be found from the outset of development, such as parking behind buildings, off-site parking, shared parking, structured parking, and below-grade parking. Car ownership may decrease with time in the Gaines street districts, due in no small part to improved walkability. While parking should be provided to present-day regulations, standards will change over the lifetime of Gaines Street’s coming buildings. In hundreds of cities, including cities not unlike Tallahassee, alternatives to private vehicle ownership such as carsharing exist already. Like blank walls, curb cuts deaden the street environment, frustrating pedestrian interaction with buildings and other people. Curb cuts put cars on sidewalks, increase instances of pedestrian injuries, eliminate on-street parking spaces, limit opportunities for landscaping and street trees, and interrupt the street wall, opening unwanted views to stored cars and empty lots. GUIDELINES Parking lots are land banks for future development.
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Atlanta Garages and surface parking at the interior of a block in Glenwood Park. St. Francis St., ASN-A, Tallahassee Parking at The Cloisters is at the interior of the block, screened by the buildings at the street. The Cloisters, All Saints St., ASN-A, Tallahassee On-street parking is a buffer between pedestrians and moving traffic. Parking directly in front of a building or use may count toward meeting parking requirements. 3.a. ²¹ U R B A N D E S I G N G U I D E L I N E S A L L D I S T R I C T S S I T E P L A N N I N G Site planning must not allow motor vehicles to dominate pedestrian circulation, safety, and comfort. Where parking and pedestrians conflict, pedestrians must always be favored. On-site circulation planning primarily should be geared to pedestrian movements, and secondarily to the convenience of vehicles, including service vehicles. Parking areas should provide clearly marked pedestrian routes through and around parking areas. Carefully consider connectivity to adjacent sites and sidewalks. Shared parking and service facilities are strongly encouraged. Parking and vehicle maneuvering in setbacks will not be approved in any district. Allow on-street parking. Stop-and-go parking is essential in real shopping districts. Parking directly in front of a building or use may count toward meeting parking requirements. Incorporate space for carsharing services into parking lots and structured parking.
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