Part of the Iowa City, Iowa, North Side Neighborhood Preservation Study, this report focuses on parking problems in the north side area and suggests and evaluates possible remedies. Because the north side is located near the downtown area and the University of Iowa, there is a large demand for parking space in the neighborhood. Multifamily structures often contain several car owners per dwelling, and this coupled with the demands of other competing parkers has led to overcrowding of the available parking and other negative effects. The study found several factors to be primarily responsible for the excess of parking demand: (1) commuter parking due to the neighborhood's convenient location in relation to downtown, Mercy Hospital, the university, and bus lines; (2) storage of cars belonging to students living in nearby university dormitories; and (3) inadequate off - street parking space for area apartment units, rooming houses, fraternities, and single family residences. The most innovative of several possible remedies are: (1) a parking permit system -- attaching a price to curbside parking or allowing preferential parking for residents and charging a small fee would serve a dual purpose of channeling some parkers back into municipal and university - provided facilities and forcing those who continue to park on the street to assume the costs of its undesirable side effects; (2) a usable open space requirement -- specified amounts of usable space, incorporated into site requirements, would work together with parking and building area specifications to indirectly control the number of dwelling units that could feasibly share a lot; and (3) the reduction of parking demand at Mercy Hospital -- because parking is a free benefit at the hospital, removal of this incentive would encourage employees to carpool or seek alternative transportation. Maps, tables, and references are included.

  • Corporate Authors:

    University of Iowa, Iowa City

    Iowa City, IA  United States  52242

    Department of Housing and Urban Development

    Assistant Secretary for Policy Development & Research
    Washington, DC  United States  20410
  • Authors:
    • Williams, V
  • Publication Date: 1978-5

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  • Pagination: 47 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00313010
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HUD-0000533, Rpt 6, HUD-0000533
  • Contract Numbers: HUD-B-76-SI-19-0001
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 7 1981 12:00AM