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Is Reduced Parking at Barclays a Good or Bad Thing? [POLL]

Forest City Ratner to slash parking at arena from 1,100 to just under 550 spots. But will that help or hurt area residents?

Last week the head of the Empire State Development Corporation announced that the state had halved the number of required parking spaces at the Barclay’s Center surface lot .

The move allows developer Forest City Ratner to throw out its plan for the loud and slow “stack-parking," which uses hydraulic lifts to load as many as four cars on vertical structures, which critics say will slow traffic to a crawl when the 18,000-seat arena .

Neighborhood activists have been pushing for reduced parking spaces for some time, arguing that fewer parking spaces mean fewer people will drive to the arena.

However others argue that fewer spots will only lead to more cars competing for street parking.

In related news, Streetsblog reported that Forest City Ratner to build a staffed indoor bike parking facility in time for the arena opening. Instead, there will be standard outdoor racks for the foreseeable future.

What do you think? Is reducing the number of parking spaces a good or bad thing?

lois May 10, 2012 at 10:34 AM
WE've all known all along that there is going to be a traffic nightmare there. It's been bad for a long time and will only get worse. Also, every time they promise us something, as soon as it's approved, the perks diminish (jobs, jobs, parking, etc. )
Ms.S Washington May 10, 2012 at 02:08 PM
Anytime the B41 bus takes over an hour to get from downtown Brooklyn to Ave I...there is a problem! Traffic is crazy along Flatbush Ave; double parking, dollar no respect vans the city need to do something.And stop making the street smaller. I would not drive to the Barclays Center, it's tough now trying to find parking around BAM.

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