19 January 2009

Auto Oriented OTR with Grasslands

Once filled with dozens of buildings and hundreds of apartments and stores, now simply mowed once or twice a year:

Double garage doors, and parking facing liberty:


6' iron fence around derelict gravel parking lot:

Fast food drive-in about to re-open as a Cricket Store, with plenty of parking:

Pleasant Street at Liberty:

Billboards, auto-oriented:

Grassy lot, site of demo years ago:

Recent demolition, missing teeth in center of block:

Elm Str Parking Lot:

Tire store:

This gas station replaced several buildings, including St xxx church. Most recently used as a temporary labor place:


Anonymous said...


Save these pics and compare them to a day five years from now after the streetcar has been up and running.

You'll see new construction on many of the vacant sites ... and more than the solitary person shown in all these photos.

Quimbob said...

Is underground parking an option ?
I am assuming no.

Dan said...

St Joseph was the church I think.

Randy Simes said...

Underground parking wouldn't really work on these small lots, but you could do an automated garage that essentially runs up the side of a building and is about 1.5 car widths wide. These usually take care of the parking requirements for the structure and nothing more.

Quimbob said...

Garages under Washington Park and the Findlay Market parking lot might work. Findlay Market certainly doesn't need the disruption right now but Washington Park could handle it ok.
other than corpses, I don't know what is under the surface in the area.
The concentration of available parking would probably help retail development in those areas in the long run.

Radarman said...

The interesting thing to watch will be any decline in cars per resident as people move in to the new Pleasant Street development et al. You can be sure that it will take the city administration another ten years to realize that people expect to walk when they live in the city center, so the parking requirements can be eased.

Anonymous said...

I'm not sure I totally share John Schneider's optimism, but it would sure be nice if the streetcars did that!

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Anonymous said...

I don't know what the current parking requirements for residential construction in the city are, (if they exist), but currently the car to resident ratio in OTR is quite low. Most of the current residents rely exclusively on public transport or bootleg cabs. Currently the transit oriented nature of residents is more of a necessity due to their income status but I hope for incoming residents it will be an active choice.

Shamefully we have two cars but we very rarely have trouble finding free street parking. I sincerely hope that we are able to shed at least one car in the future and having a streetcar linked to uptown would definitely help. Those are practically the only places I go regularly!