Where is the parking demand coming from?

There are two major sources of the increased parking demand. First, a number of the buildings in the downtown that were empty or underutilized have been rehabbed and now occupied. As of 2021, 1,345,642 square feet of mill space is now occupied. There is an estimated 262,938 of vacant space that still remains. Second, the residential rental market has changed greatly in the downtown. For many years a large share of renters either did not own a vehicle or only had one vehicle. Today, it is more common for renters to have multiple vehicles per unit, including several younger unrelated individuals, each with their own vehicle.

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1. Why is the City dealing with parking changes anyways?
2. Where is the parking demand coming from?
3. Now that I have an understanding of the reasons why the City is dealing with the parking issue, can you explain to me what goals are driving these changes?
4. Please explain how the parking program achieves these goals?
5. How are changes in the downtown impacting the general property taxes in the community?
6. How is the increased demand for parking impacting the downtown?
7. I am a property taxpayer in the community that seldom comes into the downtown. Why should I care about this issue at all?
8. How will these parking changes affect my taxes?