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The great parking myth

In the new Metro Pulse, Jack Neely tackles the newly expanded plans for the Watson's Parking Garage on the west edge of Market Square. Chief among the current concerns is the fact that the project once planned to build several residential units and a parking garage to complement them. That plan somehow became to build a garage as tall as the buildings around it, and (oh yeah) tack on no more than 12 condominiums at the south end.

The final project doesn't sound all that bad, actually. I imagine that two or three years from now, we'll be wondering what else we can bring downtown to make the most of all the empty parking spaces in this new garage and the garages on Locust and State.

The most recent drawings of the project by architect Buzz Goss sound interesting.
In architectural renderings, the condominiums are there, and finished, but the parking garage next door, which will be finished earlier and will be at least a floor taller, is not. Goss has no quarrel with the parking garage; he says he left it out of the drawing only because the parking garage would block out familiar landmarks which offer the viewer a sense of place.
One can only hope this disturbed sense of place does not carry over to the new residents and by-passers.
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