As New Yorker’s gradually move out of Manhattan and into more suburban enclaves which have the access to the city without nearly the same prices, restrictions, and headaches, it’s these suburban enclaves which suffer and invariably come along with the same prices, restrictions, and headaches. Downtown Brooklyn has been one of the hardest hit by its proximity to Manhattan and while it’s never been the suburbs in a traditional sense, many who have moved to this outer borough have done so exactly for its suburban hospitality. Parking access was one of the big things and while parking has become more and more congested in recent years, downtown Brooklyn is pushing back hard to reclaim its drivers parking spaces.
One way downtown Brooklyn has done this is by their opening up a new green space. A new green space, you say. What does that have to do with parking? According to streetsblog.org the new Willoughby Street Park which is planned for downtown Brooklyn will actually be built atop a parking garage. The hippies will have their trees and the joggers will have their paths and the families will have their safe-runaround space and now the drivers will also have their parking.
According to streetsblog, “instead of using city funds to build the park, the Economic Development Corporation is building 694 parking spaces underground and getting the garage’s developer to pay for the park construction.”
Times of economic hardship call for desperate measures but with this new look on the Willoughby Street green space, everyone will get a little bit of what they want out of this new park, including parking!