A PARKING STUDY DESIGNED FOR DOWNTOWN PLANNING

AT PRESENT MANY CITIES ARE UNDERTAKING COMPREHENSIVE PLANNING STUDIES OF THEIR DOWNTOWN AREAS. THESE STUDIES ARE CONCERNED WITH HOW THE AREAS MIGHT BE REDEVELOPED TO CARRY OUT THEIR BASIC FUNCTIONS MORE ADEQUATELY. IN SUCH A STUDY IT IS NECESSARY TO KNOW THE TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORTATION REQUIREMENTS RELATED TO THE AREA, AS WELL AS THE TRANSPORTATION LINKAGES BETWEEN THE VARIOUS LAND USES. IN ITHACA, N.Y., A SPECIAL PARKING SURVEY WAS CONDUCTED TO ANSWER THESE QUESTIONS. THIS PARKING SURVEY, IN ADDITION TO OBTAINING THE USUAL INFORMATION ON PRIMARY DESTINATION OF THE TRIP, ALSO ESTABLISHED WHAT OTHER STOPS WERE MADE IN THE DOWNTOWN AREA. ANALYSIS OF THE DATA INDICATED THAT MOST OF THE PERSONS WHO COME DOWNTOWN PRIMARILY FOR SHOPPING REASONS SELDOM TAKE ADVANTAGE OF OTHER ACTIVITIES. ABOUT 55 PERCENT OF THE PEOPLE WHO COME MAINLY TO SHOP VISIT MORE THAN TWO STORES. HOWEVER, 40 PERCENT VISIT ONLY ONE STORE. IT APPEARS THAT MANY OF THE PERSONS COMING DOWNTOWN FOR SUCH ACTIVITIES AS BANKING, DENTAL APPOINTMENTS, AND OTHER PERSONAL BUSINESS DO COMBINE SUCH TRIPS WITH SHOPPING. FOR EXAMPLE ABOUT ONE-HALF PEOPLE WHO COME FOR THESE PURPOSES MADE OTHER STOPS IN THE DOWNTOWN AREA FOR SHOPPING. THESE RELATIONSHIPS WOULD INDICATE THAT IN DEVELOPING A PLAN FOR THE DOWNTOWN AREA IT IS IMPORTANT TO MAKE THESE ACTIVITIES CONVENIENT TO THE SHOPPING AREA SO THAT THE DOWNTOWN AREA WILL BE DESIRABLE FROM A VISITOR'S POINT OF VIEW. /HRB/

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Vol 41, pp 353-362, 3 FIG, 9 TAB
  • Authors:
    • VOORHEES, A M
  • Publication Date: 1962

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  • Monograph Title: Proceedings of the 41st Annual Meeting of the Highway Research Board, Washington, D.C., January 8-12, 1962
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  • Accession Number: 00226027
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Jan 24 1972 12:00AM