Santa Barbara Politics, Media & Culture

Friday, November 18, 2005

Taj Mahal or Business Booster?

Today's editorial looks at the Granada Garage -- I've never heard anyone but her man at De la Guerra call it the Taj Mahal -- and whether it will encourage congestion downtown. It was originally proposed by a prior council and Mayor to help the "above Carrillo" businesses. Will it be worthwhile in the end?

He's right about not widening 101 and expanding commuter rail as future solutions to transportation -- two reasons to support Council Member Horton's efforts to bring rail options to the south coast.


Blogger David Pritchett said...

Most of the Newspress editorials are really outrageous and in-credible, thereby making the rest of them that are substantive and tough and on-point loose their own credibility.

The piece today was a very good statement for a change. Factswrong was Factscorrect for change.

11/18/2005 10:31 AM  
Anonymous FOSB said...

I predict that the Granada garage will have little effect on upper state street business. At least not enough to justify the cost. I worked in retail (in La Arcada) back in 1990 when the Paseo Nuevo opened and business slowed down above Carrillo street. We were in a recession then and many thought business would return to normal once the economy recovered. Well, it never has. People don't shop in areas with plenty of parking. People shop where the shopping is. The problem is that there will be no incentive for the city to hire a firm in five years to study the Granada Parking Lot's impact on business. So, there will never be an "official" declaration as to its failure. And what good would it do at that point. The city has said that it is done building multi-level parking structures.

12/04/2005 1:10 AM  

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