Parking Study

The Westside is characterized by a number of individual communities and areas, each of which has its own commercial districts or activity centers.  Some of these districts, such as Westwood Village and the Pico Boulevard area, have significant destination-oriented retail/restaurant development that draws customers from a broad area. Others, such as the West Los Angeles, Loyola Village and Westchester/Sepulveda areas, have more of a local community-serving function.  In each of these commercial activity centers, parking plays a key role in providing access and supporting the economic vitality of the area. Many of these districts are adjacent to or directly integrated with residential neighborhoods.  Residents enjoy the convenience of the nearby retail shops and restaurants, but must compete with customers and employees for the use of the parking on their streets.  Customers may find the available parking to be limited, costly, or to require lengthy walks through areas where security and safety is questionable.  Westside residents are anxious to share in the transit enhancements that have benefited other parts of the City.  An important part of the parking analysis will be to identify how parking management can be used to support and encourage the use of transit while enhancing the accessibility of these areas for pedestrians and bicyclists.

Therefore, the Westside Mobility Plan is evaluating parking deficiencies in the Westside and recommending potential solutions including additional parking and parking pricing and management strategies.  The goal of the parking analysis is to develop a series of recommendations to enhance the quality of the parking programs and resources in the Westside, with a focus on the major commercial areas and their supporting neighborhoods.  The analysis involves detailed documentation of existing parking conditions.

Major emphasis is being placed on obtaining input and participation from the local Westside communities. A survey of parkers was conducted using multiple venues and distribution methods to provide the general public with a means of participating in the analysis.  The recommendations resulting from this process will reflect both the technical findings of the analysis and the expressed concerns and desires of the local community.

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