But if you read the story, you find that there is plenty of parking in downtown San Francisco — The garages are NEVER filled, and only one approaches full (90%). The rest are running at 50-60%. So why the headline?
The reporter even searched the streets to find someone who complained about parking and found one person who said they drove to the ‘burbs" for the movies because of the parking problems downtown. However according to the folks that operate the garages, there is no parking problem. There are plenty of spaces.
This is one of those famous "oh but there is gonna be a problem" stories. According to what I can read, there isn’t gonna be a problem any time soon. Much of the on street issue in San Francisco, is due to the fact that it costs much more to park off street than on street so people quite naturally drive round and round looking for space when they could simply drive into a garage and park.
The Local shopping center than is expanding isn’t worried. They aren’t building a garage. They know that there is plenty of parking.
So why is the headline above not:
Downtown has a Abundance of Parking Available;
Shoppers Revel in Plentiful, Convenient Garages
I’ll tell you why — Its because the "drive by" media doesn’t sell papers telling people the truth. "If it bleeds, it leads" In other words, bad news, even when there isn’t any, is what sells papers. And people believe this drivel.
Who is to blame — first the media, for not telling the story. Then the city, for not properly telling its story, and finally the parking community, for not demanding that the proper story be told.