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Abstract: This thesis examines the ways in which business owners or their managers in Boston's Jamaica Plain neighborhood perceive the Parking Benefit District, (PBD), policy as a mechanism for enhancing the local business community. In specific, this research tests whether or not business owners or managers can identify any potential benefits to managing limited public parking supplies through ... read morepricing. Of particular interest is the potential for business owner's or their manager's perceptions to evolve as they are introduced to the multipurpose role parking can play in enhancing Jamaica Plain's vibrant, small business community. Research suggest that educating the public about the purpose of parking may contribute to shifted perspectives in support of parking management through pricing. These results have major implications for parking policy in the city as they provide insight on potential strategies for partnering with business owners to improve rights-of-way in Boston's local business districts.
Thesis (M.A.)--Tufts University, 2015.
Submitted to the Dept. of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning.
Advisors: Justin Hollander, and Mark Chase.
Keywords: Transportation planning, and Urban planning.read less