Why the Quidi Vidi Parking Problem is a good thing
It’s a tough time in Quidi Vidi right now, as residents and business owners are crying foul because Mallard Cottage, the new restaurant, has brought in customers in cars, trying to cram into the tiny laneways of what’s essentially a pedestrian village.
QVidi is absolutely blowing up, economically, and we should remember, ain’t that a good thing?
But this event has also laid bare the elephant in the room of St. John’s development: cars.
There is no more parking to be had in the village. And we shouldn’t force any business or developper to set aside space for more cars that won’t be able to fit. It’d be pointless.
So, what to do? Well, first let’s enforce existing traffic laws, and if we need to, make new ones to protect the parking rights of people who live there.
The owner of Inn of Olde, one of the city’s most badass dive bars, should not have to call the cops because some turd has illegally parked in her spot.
Second, let’s get real about cars. They can’t fit down there, so let’s come up with a solution. A park and walk was one suggestion. How about a shuttle bus service in the winter?
The novelty (and sense) of making Quidi Vidi a pedestrian-only village is only going to attract more customers, tourists and window-shoppers out for a walk. So let’s make it happen.
Pic. by Haven’t the Slightest.
Ben Mauk on the case of Ai Weiwei’s “million-dollar” broken vase: http://nyr.kr/1jFqhwR
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Photograph: Joe Raedle/Getty
Producer Bradley Campbell says:
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It got to the point where Kravets was…
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Every apartment has a terrace measuring around 1,000 square feet, with both private and semipublic spaces. “The cool thing about a garden is it’s yours,” says architect Bjarke Ingels. “If you’re on the wooden part, you can suntan in your bikini bottom or go without pants.” If, however, you walk out onto the artificial turf, you can see what’s going on with your neighbors (and they can see you).