Over at The Humboldt Consequential the other day they had a good discussion about Jail expansion, definitely worth the read.
Expansion of the Humboldt County Jail: Is it worth the cost?
The part of the story THC didn’t get into is the location of the expansion being the graveled parking area next to the current court house. It’s full every weekday with hundreds of cars. Where are all these cars going to park? It’s extremely difficult to find a safe and secure place to park anywhere in Old town and Downtown currently. Imagine another 100 or more cars thrown in the mix. There is very little disabled parking in that area, and the ramp that allows wheelchair access to the courthouse is basically connected to the gravel lot. So what’s going to happen when folks with limited mobility want to address the Board of Supervisors? Are they going to traverse three, or four, or five blocks to make their voice heard? Maybe, but we would imagine that many won’t bother to show up, which will keep many important viewpoints from being heard.
As Old Town has become more gentrified, more offices and residences have located there. Most of these people who live and work there drive cars, exacerbating the problem. The city is also talking about developing along the waterfront where there is gravel parking as well. Instead of parking in the gravel lot and taking a 50/50 chance of getting your vehicle broken into, you’ll have to park somewhere else in Old Town (in the off chance there’s actually a place to park). Then add Eureka’s crazy “parklets” idea and you’re looking at a ‘perfect storm’ parking wise in Eureka.