The five house were leveled by the city of Emporia for…a parking lot. I feel like I am in a 1970s time-warp.
While the main commercial street is a block to the west, Mechanic is (or rather was) a residential street in this area.
Funny, but I have always easily found a convenient parking spot whenever I stop by any business on the main street.
Parking lots do not make for great cities. Density and housing does.
NOTE: Almost 30 years ago Portland, Oregon, stopped allowing new parking lots in the downtown core. They just said no.
Portland has thrived ever since.