Crime sucks. Especially when it happens to you (unless it's funny). In the past three months, someone very close to me (literally and home proximity) has had their car broken into twice, parked in what is supposed to be a secure parking garage.
This system, the behavior of people within (or operating outside of) the legal economy is much more complex, however than silly bandaid measures like speed bumps, and speed limits, and pulling police away from more important tasks to sit in a car and watch for someone going 60 in a 45.
This is the economy, which is the construct of how we interact with each other, represented by the form of our city. when our city is so divergent, as to force people of all incomes to HAVE to own a car, which can be up to or greater than 40% of their netcome, just to participate in civilized society perhaps the instinct of some is to withdrawal from that particular brand of civilization.
The other negative effect parking places on a city is perception. Neither parking lots nor garages feel like safe places to be. No matter how much flood lighting is applied, whether they are safe or not is immaterial. They are perceived as unsafe, which means the reality becomes that they are unsafe. They create dead zones with few watchful public "eyes" protecting the public realm.
Lesson: Learn to walk a few blocks. You could probably use the exercise.Drawback: We already have too much parking in Dallas, so building new garages doesn't really alleviate that problem, unless we do so in order to consolidate surface parking.
Lesson: Price parking so as to discourage driving.Drawback: Business is allergic to any kind of change and this does little to leverage the surplus of surface lots. Unless of course, we think the over-supply of surface parking means low rates for on-street parking, where the City would then create more on-street spaces (to generate more revenue). All of which would then drive prices too low for the private surface lots to stay in business, which they might then sell.Drawback 2 to Drawback 1: Some wishful thinking there.
Lesson: Surface parking lot owners don't give a shit about the city.Drawback: Good luck fighting those political battles. Which brings me to option 3b:
Lesson: Surface parking lot owners don't give a shit about the city.Drawback: Could be some short-term budget gaps due to lowering taxes on current businesses/residents.