The proposal to tear down the landmark HSBC building to create parking has brought the parking issue front and center again. . . . But a picture is worth a thousand words...
Pam Jardieu was kind enough to work up this picture of Downtown Utica's parking situation. Blue = existing parking garages, green = existing surface parking, red = PROPOSED additional surface lots.
The picture shows there is plenty of parking in Downtown Utica.
So there should be no need to destroy a landmark . . . nor to re-propose the blockage of Park Avenue and disrupt hundreds of motorists.
There may be parking issues in Downtown Utica, but there is plenty of parking.
The problems may be that certain places have a high demand at certain times, that much of the parking is privately owned and may be underutilized, and that many of the public lots and garages are for pay.
The City and County have now created a new parking problem for the general public at the train station by turning a free public lot over to private hands.
No expertise has been brought to bear on the issue. Our public officials are winging it and don't have a clue.