I’ve written before that SoHo streets could be enormously improved if we simply took away some parking (accommodating about 6 people per block) in favor of larger sidewalks (accommodating hundreds of people per hour per block).

Transportation Alternatives just released a study (PDF) of visitors to Prince Street.  Among their unsurprising findings were that only 9% of shoppers take private cars to get to SoHo, 80% feel the street is crowded, and by a 5 to 1 margin, they would be likely to visit more often if parking was turned into sidewalk space.

David Alpert is Founder and President of Greater Greater Washington and Executive Director of DC Sustainable Transportation (DCST). He worked as a Product Manager for Google for six years and has lived in the Boston, San Francisco, and New York metro areas in addition to Washington, DC. He lives with his wife and two children in Dupont Circle. Unless otherwise noted, opinions in his GGWash posts are his and not the official views of GGWash or DCST.