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Work on downtown parking lot to begin

City project with WVU-P moving ahead

July 11, 2013

PARKERSBURG — After several weeks of delay, work is set to begin on a Juliana Street parking lo....

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KOMBATBOOTS

Jul-11-13 6:02 AM

The downtown area is already a parking lot.

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HenryWescott

Jul-11-13 6:21 AM

I guess we know why it's called PARKersburg. All parking lots, few businesses.

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Angela

Jul-11-13 7:12 AM

Another ugly black ashphalt parking lot taking away pretty green space. For every lot PARKINGsburg paves, they should be required to also create a green space. The reason no one wants to visit downtown is because there is no beautification efforts. Most of the streets are just ugly.

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RealityInTheMOV

Jul-11-13 8:47 AM

Leave it to Big Bad Bobby to keep downtown business suppressed.

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SOUTHFAN70

Jul-11-13 9:21 AM

What happened to the parking garage a block down Juliana street. More money thrown away by the city.

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Privatized

Jul-11-13 10:10 AM

Exactly, Henry, after all it is called PARKERSburg. Maybe this will be our claim to fame, a city full of parking lots, for parkers. "Guinness Book of World Records, hello? I would like to apply for a category. I live in a parking lot and the whole city is one. ...."

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eelewis7

Jul-11-13 10:28 AM

I'm sick and tired of this. Why not convert one of the permit lots to short-term parking? Morgantown (albeit a different demographic) has tons of short-term lots while keeping a diverse mix of downtown businesses, I mean, there's the garage on Juliana, the sea of parking by the United Building, and all the parking by the city building. And now, with the bus depot gone, AN ENTIRE BLOCK is vacant. Build a parking garage down there, open some lots for development, and get on the ball with actual urban growth, Parkersburg.

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eelewis7

Jul-11-13 10:36 AM

Oh, and I did the math (well, roughly on Bing Maps). Parkersburg has 38% of total area as surface lots, which is 49% of developable land (i.e. parcels in city blocks) within the downtown area (extending all the way up Market St from the floodwall, to CCMC, and to Warner Kia on 7th). This makes for a total percentage of paved surfaces (not including buildings, mind you) including streets and sidewalks of 61%. That's comparable to infamous places like Houston (64.7%) and Little Rock (61.2%). Just surface parking alone, however, is over 10% more than those urban areas' percentages!

Again - 38% of total area and 49% of developable land in downtown PKB is surface lots. 61% of all land downtown is paved (not including buildings)

Parkersburg - statistically the whitest metropolitan statistical area in America (***********theatlanticcities****/jobs-and-economy/2012/09/americas-most-and-least-diverse-metros/3206/) and the nation's capital of parking lots.

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MrMint

Jul-11-13 11:04 AM

The parking lot should be free to encourage people to go downtown. Charging will discourage people from going there.

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IFHPED

Jul-11-13 1:52 PM

I remember when I was just a little girl, going downtown with my mom. We went to Cox's Dept. Store, Murphy's, Kresges (sp), our eye doctor and dentist, Wards, Sears, Penny's. You get the picture.

Then, the mall was born. Need I say more?

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RANDOM21

Jul-11-13 5:07 PM

And Stewart AirPark offered rides for pennies a pound. Getting to Vienna was a two lane road and probably quicker than six lanes today.There was manufacturing businesses up and down the valley. Now it's all eating places with new ones starting weekly. Fat and no where to work, what a future for the children.

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IFHPED

Jul-11-13 10:26 PM

@froginthelake: I was trying to point out that downtowns, as such, are becoming passe. People want to shop inside, out of the weather, and have a huge free parking lot. You can get just about anything at the mall, and never have to cross a street or go outside.

As for me, I hate the freakin' mall. I can't even walk from Penny's to Sears anymore. I prefer to buy at KMart or Kohls, or other smaller places, that also have their own parking lot. THIS IS JUST WHAT I PREFER, AND I AM NOT SPEAKING FOR ANYONE ELSE.

I just don't see downtown ever becoming the phoenix that some people want it to be. :/

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IFHPED

Jul-11-13 10:28 PM

And Froggy, please don't yell at me for my comment. You have no idea how bad my days have been lately.

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jarhead99

Jul-12-13 6:25 AM

Is the parking garage downtown full on a daily basis? I ask because I truly do not know. But when I look at downtown it seems that thier is alreay plenty of parking lots. To me the problem is that people are to lazy to walk a couple extra blocks. It would be great to see an actual buisness that generates money.

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RealityInTheMOV

Jul-12-13 8:35 AM

Froggy, we all know you are full of it. Why continue with your garbage?

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