Dealing with parking issues

Parking hysteria is the norm, and that ain't right

Don’t assume that common sense will prevail. Parking can be such a hot button issue that it clouds the minds of otherwise reasonable people. 

The obvious advantages of on-street parking

Parallel parking at the curb provides some important and useful things:

The Little Asphalt solution for sustainable, healthy communities

Little Asphalt minimizes pavement in cities, towns, and suburbs so that real estate can be used for higher value purposes—such as buildings and people-centered activities.

They paved paradise, put up a parking lot …

“Big Asphalt” has changed the face of America and compromised our health, safety, and welfare—but we can defeat it if we try.

Promoting New Urbanism with parking pricing

Because one of the primary focuses of New Urbanism is promoting more walkable cities, it’s not uncommon for planners to undervalue the role that parking can play. 

Social striving propels the drive-only suburban machine

Coalitions and strategic politics — and shifting cultural values — can deliver the structural change needed to allow American urbanism to flower again, according to Benjamin Ross, author of Dead End.

Automobile use dropping as population grows

Boston sees remarkable decline in automobile registrations even as the city grows faster than it has in a century.

See how people take back their streets on Park(ing) Day

Metered parking spaces around the world were magically transformed into oases of relaxation and frivolity as citizens celebrated international Park(ing) Day.

How parking requirements raise rents

A piece by Alan Durning of Sightline Institute provides an in-depth analysis of how parking requirements raise baseline rents in new apartment buildings. Even relatively modest off-street parking requirements increases the per-unit cost for the developer by about 50 percent, Durning shows, raising required rents from about $800/month to $1,200/month. Interestingly, this is pretty much in line with what developers are saying. The comments on Durning's piece are revealing. Some react to suggestions that off-street parking requirements should be eliminated as an attack on those who drive, while others point out the spillover effects of providing no on-street parking. The latter point is valid, but there's also a good deal of denial of the externalities resulting from America's ubiquitous off-street parking requirements. In addition to the elimination of affordable housing, parking requirements also have broad negative economic impacts and contribute to global warming.

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