An interesting aside has been posted on the Cultural Trail thread on the Skyscraper City forum. Apparently the Trailside proposal is being stalled due to concerns over the parking situation. Poster Ablerock makes a keen observation when he mentions that the businesses in that section have complained for years about their lack of visibility, yet when a proposal comes along to increase the neighborhood’s density, they automatically fear the impact from the apartment dweller’s automobiles.
After viewing the proposal, it looks like a building that would be a decent addition. The scale would not be out of place with the surrounding neighborhood. I believe opposition to the project is a function of our city’s history of catering to car-based development. Residents and businesses want more people there. But they don’t want their cars. And really, who can blame them?
The true irony is that if more proposals such as the Trailside were built, a decent number of people who live in these apartments might not need to actually own a car. But we’ll never know if we don’t at least attempt it.