The recent parking debate has now become politically significant for the future of Portland. As reported recently in the Willamette Week, mayoral hopefuls Charlie Hales and Jefferson Smith have weighed in on this hot topic and not in the progressive way you’d expect. Apparently, despite the fact that Hales fought for this kind of dense development, he hasn’t stood up for the development and Smith’s opinion wasn’t any better. From Jason King here at THINK.urban:
Are we really going to revert to having the car dominate our dialogue about what makes good infill development? Hales and Smith should both heartily sport the policies that allow developers to choose between parking and no parking in these areas if they deserve to be considered for mayor. There are many factors on what makes sense for and how to use the developable area in a site. Mandated parking is the road to lots of mediocre development and elimination of any usable site areas… For the people that live there. And the type of infill we will get won’t make anyone happy. This is the election in Portland for me. What’s it gonna be gentlemen?