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preyn2
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Re: Parking revisited
by preyn2 on May 6th, 2008

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Their are some public safety concerns (Fire, EMS) to that situation which we should consider as well.


I just measured my favorite Big Red Truck, and it is 13 feet, 4 inches wide ish...that's an 8 ft wide body + 32" door on each side, when in "full bloom". Honestly, having been in and out of the neighborhood for months, I haven't found many problems with parking; where I have found potential problems is with access, or my ability to get to the parking spot.

The No Parking areas are critically important, because those areas, especially around intersections, allow me to swing wide as necessary to make my 30-something-foot-long truck get around corners.

Mueller is no better or worse than some other neighborhoods in the area; drive up Maplewood some time, with cars parked on both sides of the street. The houses on Maplewood were used for military housing during WWII, so the issue of narrow streets isn't new, nor is it confined to Mueller.

Honestly, in my wandering through our neighborhood (it was mine first - I've been here for 10 years), I've had more problems with work trucks, which is somwhat understandable (they need access to both sides of their trucks just like I do), than with parked "non-work" vehicles. Even then, I don't remember ever having been jammed; it's just been really close a few times.

What's different about Mueller is that communication about the issues is so good. Now, "issues" are like....well, let's just say that everybody has issues. One of mine is being able to get where I need to go and do what I need to do (read: get where you need me to go and do what youneed me to do). Nobody ever thinks that where they park can make such a big difference, but it can.

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fullmosey
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Re: Parking revisited
by fullmosey on May 27th, 2008

When everybody's kiddos reach driving age, where are the 3-4 cars per family gonna go? My understanding of new urbanism is that is meant to breed walkability. Plausible carlessness. Unfortunately, the odds of folks having less vehicles is slim. My wife has a small car and I have ridden only motorcycles since 1999. We're set in the parking department.

I don't work in public safety here in Austin so I won't speak specifically for them. I can only tell what I would do if Mueller was my responsibility. In terms of fire/EMS response, access and egress is very important. Getting large vehicles past parked cars is an issue but one part that has gone missing in the discussion is the use of the alleyways. If I was responding to homes in Mueller, I would want addresses with street name marked on the alleys of houses as well as the front. Access through the garage or back door has no or fewer steps allowing for easy movement of a stretcher. Parked cars could prevent the movement of stretchers, etc. Medics make decisions on access/egress based on personal experience, preference, and actual patient location. In layman's terms, what's easiest!
 
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icemonkeyharvest
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Re: Parking revisited
by icemonkeyharvest on June 2nd, 2008

It's not a question of IF there are cars parked on the streets but WHOSE cars are parked on the street. With all the parks and events Mueller will draw a considerable amount of visitors, especially on the weekends. I would like to have the same right to park in front my home as everyone else in Austin.
 
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mrs aaron
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Re: Parking revisited
by mrs aaron on June 2nd, 2008

I like your idea of marking the alley names. i will pass that on to Catellus, since the Garden Court is very concerned with EMS being able to find us.
 
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icemonkeyharvest
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Re: Parking revisited
by icemonkeyharvest on June 2nd, 2008

mrs aaron Wrote:
I like your idea of marking the alley names.
I like your idea of re-addressing the GC with Littlefield St. address.
 
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Chris
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Re: Parking revisited
by Chris on June 2nd, 2008

icemonkeyharvest Wrote:
It's not a question of IF there are cars parked on the streets but WHOSE cars are parked on the street. With all the parks and events Mueller will draw a considerable amount of visitors, especially on the weekends. I would like to have the same right to park in front my home as everyone else in Austin.


Hear, hear. My car will be parked in my garage. But the very idea that I would not have the RIGHT to park my car in a free public parking space is absurd.
 
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