Quite an interesting read. Back when I first arrived in Dennis, only a few years removed from being a transportation planner, I was presented with a downtown improvement plan for Main Street, Dennis Port. The plan called for eliminating on-street parking to widen sidewalks and traffic lanes. I explained to the, then, members of the Dennis Port Revitalization Committee why that was the wrong plan. I explained that on-street parking slowed vehicle traffic, allowing people to see the downtown businesses. If people could see the village shops, they would eventually stop. Several years later this same philosophy was preached by the crafters of the Dennis Port Design Charrette.
As you read this article from the NY Times, you could replace Hamburg with Dennis Port in many parts of the story.