“There’s Nowhere to Park”
One of the biggest complaints and deterrents to potential downtown visitors, residents and businesses is parking. On a daily basis, our city loses potential sales and tenants due to the false perception that there is no parking available downtown. Unfortunately, Syracuse gets a bad rap for this, but the good news is – it simply isn’t true.
As Central New Yorkers’, we have it easy when it comes to travel. We are surrounded by well moving roadways and are blessed to be able to travel easily to any region within a relatively short amount of time. Decades of suburban living and commuting have us accustomed to large areas of land and large parking lots to easily slide into, at no out of pocket expense. Unfortunately, that model does not work in a thriving downtown environment where space is a premium.
In order to address the true parking problem downtown we need to look at our own perceptions.
We are not used to paying for parking. We are also not used to looking for parking options. When looking to park in the street, one may need to drive around the block once or twice; this is to be expected in an urban core. Then, in choosing a location to park, we have to consider the cost of that space. Is it hourly, daily, monthly? Is our vehicle safe here? That is when the thought enters your mind. “Should it be this hard to park?
The reality of our parking situation is that in reality, the options are plentiful. This is true for metered street parking, surface parking lots and parking garages. There are plenty of vacant spaces at any time of day and in any price range. The challenge is to understand where these spaces are, how much they cost and whether you are comfortable leaving your car there for the time necessary.
The Downtown Committee provides a useful map in helping to select parking options. It highlights everything from garage locations and rates to bus options and daily parking rates. Pinpointing your destination and the nearest parking locations becomes a breeze with this helpful tool and suddenly the downtown parking environment is not so unknown.
As downtown continues to revive, parking should become less of a deterrent and the amenities and opportunities will outweigh any parking doubts that may be lurking in our thoughts. To begin to change perceptions and fears of downtown driving and parking, share this map those that mention frustrations and encourage them to become familiar with the vast options that are available to them at what most urbanites would consider a steal.