I was about to write about parking, but Kevin beat me to it.
tl;dr: people are still worried about the loss of free parking in the city lot on Ninth Street. There’s also an upcoming parking apocalypse downtown which may require charging for street parking there and increasing deck fees.
If those Ninth Street business owners want to take on the cost of the lot and make it free, I have no qualms about that. That’s on them – they can pay the price. But I feel pretty strongly that the city shouldn’t be subsidising a lot there (or pretty much anywhere).
Laying down a ton of surface parking (at the tax payer’s dime, no less) destroys cities. Encouraging people to drive everywhere creates traffic nightmares, and all of the wasted space makes cities feel like desolate wastelands. I’ve got a record you should listen to about that. We need to find better ways for people to get where they’re going.
If this town wants to hande the increased density that all of those new condos and apartments hint at, the idea of ample free surface parking needs to get out of people’s heads.