By John Troidl
I don't get it: If I read the YES ON J (pro-Nishi) material, it seems like they are saying that there will be essentially no ("limited") traffic impact if the Nishi development is approved and actually built.
How can that possibly be?
There are 700 parking spots planned for the Nishi property. One for each housing unit, right there fronting the highway. Wait, that's just one parking space for each apartment.... 1/3 of a car for each bed located at Nishi.
I bet the parking lot will be jammed as many of those units will be 3 bedroom apartments..... but only one parking spot for each apartment which are supposedly isolated from the rest of town. And how about their guests and family members? Delivery service such as Amazon and Papa Johns? Do we really expect that everyone is going to bike into Nishi? Not in the real world.
The way the traffic is directed in the NISHI model it will NOT be physically linked to Richards Boulevard but it WILL be linked to 1st Street via Old Davis Road on one end and to the area near the Hyatt Hotel on campus on the other end. In order to get to Trader Joe's or the Graduate on Russell or Tres Hermanas near AMTRAK the students will need to circulate through campus and then arrive on the streets of Davis in their many cars. This simply means that the traffic is redirected away from Richards and the overpass, but traffic does not in any way disappear from downtown Davis or elsewhere. C'mon, Nishi folks who claim there will be no traffic ipact.... give me a break!
On the other hand, if students were allowed to live on an interesting, vibrant residential campus at the Core UCD campus they would be much closer to class, the library, athletic fields and all the other resources on campus and much less likely to need a car, saving their families that expense and the rest of us the additional traffic and crowding.
This better solution is so obvious, it seems like I would not be needing to bring it up, but here it is: If we create opportunities for students to live on campus there will be less traffic and lower expense for the students, their families, and Davis residents. If, on the other hand, we restrict them to living off campus, they will spend more on transportation and create more traffic for all of us Davisites.
The choice is clear........