How do you feel about better parking ideas for the downtown Lansing area? Sometimes it's very difficult to find a parking spot in the downtown area, because it's very busy weekdays during regular business hours.

Lansing officials have been working on more ideas to fix parking problems for quite some time now.

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It's not that downtown Lansing parking is a major problem, it's just time to make things better.

According to the Lansing State Journal:

In addition to street parking, the city owns 12 surface lots and three parking ramps. There are also several private and state-owned lots. In 2018, the city even won the "Parking Madness" bracket organized by transit blog Streetsblog USA for its overabundance of surface parking.

One of the things that many business owners in downtown Lansing would like to see is more free parking. Sounds good to me, I think a lot of drivers would really appreciate that.

LSJ also has this to offer:

Increasingly, developers are proposing ideas that don't require additional parking. That includes building up downtown in a way that eliminates surplus surface lots, McGrain said. Having more to do downtown and fewer places to park will theoretically drive up demand, and could make people more inclined to pay.

Another solution for the downtown Lansing area is for more people to use more public transit. That way there wouldn't be so many issues when it comes to finding a parking spot.

One thing I've noticed in downtown Lansing in the past few years is new apps to help drivers pay their meters. Plus parking garages have improved immensely.

I'm sure that Lansing's downtown area will make the right decisions to meet the needs of people who visit and work in downtown Lansing.

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