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Friday, March 23, 2018

Why was it easier to park here decades ago?

In the 1980s, I would park in Coconut Grove, leave the car all day and go off with my friends to the beach or wherever. There were no meters and there was plenty of parking. I guess it wasn't the right thing to do now that I think about it, but I was a kid and didn't think about those things and it was legal and I never received a ticket.

The Grove was booming then. This was the place to be. There was no South Beach or Wynwood or Midtown or South Miami. It was Coconut Grove or Dadeland. People hung out at Dadeland, too.

Anyway, why was there so much parking back then? Free parking. Now it seems to be an issue to find a parking space.

We didn't have the parking garages in the '80s. There was no CocoWalk or CocoWalk garage either; no Mayfair or Mayfair garage. We had plenty of restaurants, maybe more than we have now. The Grove was a bustling place. There were people here night and day, and we had plenty of parking.

I'm wondering what happened over the years that diminished parking.

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6 Comments:

Blogger reid prevatt said...

Well they sold that garage to martin Terra guy. Above market value we were told. I think that parking chief should be looked at. Noriega?? You do not sell expensive Garages. At least the playhouse has parking for now. I used to be able to park all over Miami for free. Not now. And not at Dinner key. Also agree on the valet thing.....I do not want somebody in my car or using my car. But somebody using it????

Reidprevatt

March 23, 2018 12:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

More people driving today than in the 80s, population has increased, more legal street parking spots were available back then, foggy memory / mis-remembering events from 30 years ago (hey, it happens), or who knows what else... probably a combination of all these

March 23, 2018 2:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Agreed, we parked our own cars, there were no valets at every restaurant taking up half the spaces in the Grove. We also walked in to town more back then, it was safer. And there were no giant SUVs taking up so much space you can barely drive down Fuller St now.

March 24, 2018 12:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

we could park everywhere on Main Highway, Matilda by the school, Virginia Street, all over Grand, etc. over years the city has taken away parking spaces replaced them with a parking garage only to be sold because of the 'over-abundance' of parking in the Grove. The city is guilty. An other reason is that we are more condensed with the lot splitting of the properties; and everybody seems to have 2 cars. Do your math

March 24, 2018 1:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Population, vehicle, and tourism growth during the last 35+ years as well as poor city planning.

March 24, 2018 4:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon 4:05 hit the nail on the head; population, people, people and more people. Times are good for population growth, actually perfect due to a steady dependable temperature for about 37,000 years, or so. Science and technology COULD extend life and/or memories for 300 to 500 years for a few lucky/unlucky folk, but in no time at all geologically speaking the vast majority of our human species will fade away like all other virus's and space ship earth will continue to circle around our sun and there shall be plenty of space to park!? Jobie Steppe

March 26, 2018 10:19 AM  

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