houstontexasjack Posted October 27, 2014 Share Posted October 27, 2014 I agree with all of you about downtown parking ease, however the issue with losing those big surface lots around Minute Maid is not real lack of availability, it is perception. If suburban upper middle class families do not see that there are big open lots around Minute Maid, they are going to be spooked into not going to games. They aren't even going to try. And even if something incredible happened and they did all decide to try, the Astros management still thinks they are not going to try, which is why the Astros are not simply going to let those lots disappear and trust the free market to provide parking. The team wants the fan base to be assured that they can, if they want to, park easily near the ballpark and only have one or two streets to cross. That's why I think the only way to get rid of those lots, particularly the giant one across 59, is to build an underground structure that the team can advertise to their season ticket holders. This will also help everyone in the long run because if the neighborhood really does fill up and become exciting, in a city without a meaningful rail system, there WILL be a serious need for parking. I could also see significant parking garages, similar the one going up just north of the George R. Brown, with structures atop them going up on this site. Most games start after the end of the workday, so there would be plenty of parking for office and for games--although one would want multiple spots for ingress and egress for the garages. 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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