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Old 03-05-2011, 07:26 PM
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Location: Pismo Beach, CA
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Do downtown markets work with limited parking?
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Old 03-05-2011, 08:14 PM
 
Location: The City
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Yes - but only in areas where the is either a walkable population or tranist to support it
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Old 03-05-2011, 09:09 PM
 
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Sure they do. If they are focused on serving the needs of the neighborhood, and there are enough potential customers, they don't need any parking at all. A larger or more complete market often needs at least a little parking, but in busy neighborhoods they may have to contend with those who use their parking lot for purposes other than visiting their store! I noticed in West Los Angeles that the Trader Joe's had a parking attendant to ensure that those who parked were actually there to shop at their store...
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Old 03-05-2011, 09:12 PM
 
Location: Western Massachusetts
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A larger or more complete market often needs at least a little parking, but in busy neighborhoods they may have to contend with those who use their parking lot for purposes other than visiting their store! I noticed in West Los Angeles that the Trader Joe's had a parking attendant to ensure that those who parked were actually there to shop at their store...
That's a bummer. The Whole Foods in Cambridge, MA doesn't check so I can leave my car there for a few days when I visit friends.
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Old 03-05-2011, 11:22 PM
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Location: Foot of the Rockies
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That's a bummer. The Whole Foods in Cambridge, MA doesn't check so I can leave my car there for a few days when I visit friends.
That's pretty amazing. I once got a ticket, in the suburbs, for leaving my car in a grocery store parking lot all day.
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Old 03-06-2011, 08:17 AM
 
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My mother goes to Reading terminal in Philadelphia, even though she lives over ten miles away. I guess so!
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Old 03-06-2011, 08:34 AM
 
Location: Western Massachusetts
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That's pretty amazing. I once got a ticket, in the suburbs, for leaving my car in a grocery store parking lot all day.
They haven't caught me yet. So I guess it's ok.

I try to find a spot off in a corner somewhere that would be less popular with customers.
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Old 03-06-2011, 10:54 PM
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There would be minimal parking at this Whole Foods in downtown. The downtown serves the wealthiest and most educated customers of the whole city. The other location has more parking, but is near the university and the immediate area isn't that wealthy but the 3 mile radius is.
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Old 03-07-2011, 08:20 AM
Status: "60th anniversary of the polio vaccine! Hail to Pitt!" (set 9 days ago)
 
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There would be minimal parking at this Whole Foods in downtown. The downtown serves the wealthiest and most educated customers of the whole city. The other location has more parking, but is near the university and the immediate area isn't that wealthy but the 3 mile radius is.
Wealthy people don't drive? Only if they have their own drivers.
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Old 03-07-2011, 08:29 AM
 
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Many wealthy people don't drive -- and don't use drivers. Obviously many wealthy people DO drive, too, but it's reasonable to expect that the rich people living in urban areas are attracted to the walkability factor. Besides, if they're that wealthy, they don't need to do their bulky shopping themselves, anway! (seriously, though, I've often encountered this assumption that rich people don't walk, and that's just not true. When we lived in DC, for example, I knew a number of very wealthy people who chose to walk to work, to restaurants, and just out and around the neighborhood, including to run errands.)
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