Monday, December 5, 2011

How Much Parking Does the Capitol Have Already?

After the trees came down this weekend I decided to finish the Capitol parking space count I started a while back. The total is somewhere around the 3,000 mark before the pending expansion. See the screen grab below with the parking lots shaded in that yellow-orange color, and if you want to see it as an actual Google map, click here. It's admittedly difficult to stay focused when counting 3,000 parking spaces on a computer screen, especially when there are all those darned trees blocking your view in some of the lots, so I welcome one and all to check my work.

Capitol Grounds

Here are the digits, roughly from left-to-right, and top-to-bottom:
Far left: 62
State Vehicle Pen: 48
DF&A: 437
Real Estate Commission: 155
NW Lots: 144
Revenue Building: 70
North Lots: either 435 or 535 right now (I got a little cross-eyed while counting) with 100 more on the way.
Wolfe St. Lot: 106
Wolfe St. South Lot: 374
Capitol Mall: 198
Sup. Court Lot: 94
Around the Capitol: 459 (very hard to believe since it's almost all on-street parking. I welcome a recount.)
Lot across Woodlane: 245
South of 7th: 180
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Total: a little over 3,000

And the powers-that-be want to continue limiting people's options on how to get to work by adding 100 more instead of looking for ways to increase freedom and choice. When your only tool is a hammer every problem starts to look like a nail.

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