Read this in the local KC Press:
Although many business and community leaders want Kansas City to become a more sustainable city, they have differing views about the role parking — especially subsidized parking — should play in Downtown’s development.
The local enviros want the city to take tax dollars and build light rail, the developers want rebates on taxes to cover the cost of parking.
I think both are wrong – If a development needs parking, it should pay for itself. Ditto for light rail. If charges for parking are high enough, people will look for alternatives and light rail would become viable.