Re: “Imagine Santa Monica with even less parking,” Feb. 1.
While it seems not to have come across in the Nelson/Nygaard Consulting Associates’ presentation and is only briefly mentioned in their report, our current parking requirements were based on suburban standards better suited to Houston than Santa Monica.
This leaves us with thousands of private spots that sit unused all year round and do nothing but drive up the cost of construction, which then gets passed on to the rest of us in higher rents and prices. Matching parking requirements to measured demand will improve the attractiveness of doing business in Santa Monica while lowering our cost of living. This won’t put more cars on the road or take any off, just help us use our limited and expensive real estate more effectively.
Jonathan Markowitz Bijur