Research Bureau wants...

Research Bureau wants Worcester to make parking a priority with new department

Full and original article posted on Worcester Magazine

The Worcester Regional Research Bureau is urging the city to create a dedicated Parking Division following the release of a report that concludes the available downtown parking’s “location, condition, and design limit its ability to support an aggressive economic development agenda,” and that its “position within City government—well down the hierarchical food chain—limits its ability to compete for attention and resources and adapt to new technologies that are improving the relationship between parking and cities globally.”

Worcester currently has around 4,685 public parking spaces downtown, split between four garages, 13 surface lots and around 900 meters. That number will rise to 5,235 when the Worcester Common Garage at CitySquare is opened later this year. The WRRB said those spots are a key factor in the city’s renaissance.

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