It’s time to address the parking crisis in our neighbourhood.
Everyone’s talking about parking. I hear you.
As your City Councillor for Beaches - East York, I will champion the following measures to address the parking crisis in our neighbourhood:
- Stop talking about consultation and start doing it. Few changes affect citizens more directly than those that touch the streets in front and surrounding their residences and businesses. This is why a process that ensures engagement, participation, buy-in, and follow-up post-implementation is the only way to ensure success. When citizens feel that changes are imposed on them, that they weren’t heard or included in the process, there’s usually some truth in it and at the very least they deserve a hearing. If they’re right, the change should be undone.
- Allow owners to install green front-pad parking. When we reduce the number of parked cars on residential streets we reduce congestion, improve visibility and safety, allow for more and better transit, and create space for the installation of cycle infrastructure. Concerns about flooding are valid – only green (permeable paving options) that allow for proper drainage should be allowed.
- Maintain parking near our commercial strips. As we move parking off our streets, we need to ensure that commercial areas have adequate parking nearby. We need to work with developers, local neighbourhood associations, and the parking authority to keep a steady supply of parking near our commercial corridors even as we make investments in transit infrastructure to service those areas.
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