“What is the benefit to Scottsdale of having this third-world form of transportation?” – a short pedicab ride to a local bar no air pollution? or a 1990 Chevy Capri stuck in traffic spewing out TOXIC fumes? I feel your idea of third world may be lopsided. No matter what is done with parking there will always be a problem so long as there are cars. The easier you make it to park, the more cars you will get.
I appreciate the comment and it affords an opportunity to explore some of the deeper issues.
- The unspoken assumption is that Scottsdale MUST have a bar district, which in turn MUST have a transportation solution in order to enhance the party with even more participants.
- There is a a parking problem because Mayor Jim Lane and the Scottsdale City Council (including incumbents Dennis Robbins and Linda Milhaven) keep approving bar-after-bar without regard to rational planning and zoning.
- Additionally, the mayor and council have no compunction whatsoever about waiving development standards for their bar buddies, especially requirements for businesses to provide ample parking for their patrons. Do a Google search for “in lieu parking” and “Scottsdale.” Or “phantom parking,” in the parlance of former councilman Ron McCullagh.