Arena plans doom Crocker's parking

01/17/2014 11:10 AM

01/16/2014 10:19 AM

Re “Arena is a whale of a land deal” (Page A1, Jan. 11): I was disappointed when I first read that the small parking lot by the Crocker Art Museum would be traded away as part of the downtown arena deal, but that disappointment turned to dismay today when I read that apartments or condominiums might be constructed on this land. Despite parking being a challenge for Crocker visitors, almost 250,000 people saw exhibits there during 2012. If the arena parking lot giveaway results in residential construction, parking will be even harder to locate for would-be patrons of the Crocker. I wonder if Major Kevin Johnson really meant what he wrote in the Crocker’s 2012 annual report, "We are proud ... to ensure that this regional arts institution continues to flourish for generations to come." How can this resource flourish if visitors cannot find a parking space?

-- Nell L. Farr, Elk Grove

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