Interested in stunting the re-development of a traditional Main St.? Do you want to make entrepreneurship prohibitively expensive? How do you ensure your Main St. is a ghost-town during prime business hours?
Set up more barriers! Make sure you institute arbitrary parking requirements and require them of all commercial land uses.
Take 5 minutes to watch this case study of a place called Surrey. (From Stroad to Boulevard blog). This really demonstrates the insanity of arbitrary parking requirements.
At 3:30 mark is it coincidence the devolution of Front street occurred with the institution of arbitrary offstreet parking standards?
Main St. Macungie, the downtown business district – 11am on a Tuesday.