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Empty Spaces

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Join Smart Growth America as they release Empty Spaces, new research in partnership with the University of Utah that analyzes the amount of parking being used in transit-oriented development (TOD) areas. It will be the one of the first comprehensive data-driven reports to estimate peak parking and vehicle trip generation rates for transit-oriented development projects, as well as one of the first to estimate travel mode shares for TOD. Register now... Read more

Empty Spaces: Real Parking Needs at Five TODs

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It is clear that TODs require less parking than development without transit, or transit without development. This new resource from Smart Growth America sets out to determine how much less parking is required at transit-oriented developments (TODs) and how many fewer vehicle trips are generated than standard industry estimates to help developers and engineers make more-informed decisions in the future. Read report... Read more

Buffalo Becomes First City to Bid Minimum Parking Goodbye

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In overhauling its zoning code for the first time since 1953, Buffalo, New York, has become the first major city to completely remove outdated minimum parking requirements. (Other cities have done so, too, but only in certain districts or neighborhoods.) That means developers there will no longer be required to build a certain number of parking spaces for commercial and residential projects, regardless of whether mass transit options are nearby or if the tenants even need them. Read more... Read more

Boston to Test Surge Pricing for Parking Spaces

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In a bid to reduce congestion and move people through downtown more quickly, Boston will test surge pricing for parking. Parking meter prices in Boston were last raised in 2011, and remain much lower than in other major cities at just $1.25 per hour. Starting January 2017, the city will adjust meter rates in the Back Bay and Seaport neighborhoods, charging up to $4 an hour for the most in-demand spots in an attempt to strike the right balance of... Read more

Jacob Marley and the Ghost of Parking Past

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Black Friday is the day after Thanksgiving which signals the official beginning of the Christmas shopping season. This general consumer feeding frenzy is responsible for the largest single chunk of many retailers’ sales and profits for the entire year. Even if parking is considered excessive every other day of the year, there must be enough parking to accommodate this particular peak in demand, right? Strong Towns’ Black Friday Parking event is about smashing that premise. Read more... Read more

Denver Developers Have Seen the Future of Parking, and It Is No Parking at All

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The future of parking is no parking. Or at least a lot less parking. A growing cadre of developers in Denver and beyond are planning today for a future with less demand for car parking, building garages in a way that, some day down the road, they can be can be converted into residences, offices, retail or other uses. Read more... Read more

The War on City Parking Just Got Serious

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By investing in cycling infrastructure, sidewalks and bikeshare programs, dense cities have made it clear they don’t want people driving. But requiring developers to provide parking incentivizes car purchases—along with congestion and pollution. UCLA urban planner Donald Shoup found that people searching for parking in one 15-block stretch of Los Angeles burn 47,000 gallons of gas and produce 730 tons of carbon dioxide annually. Read more... Read more
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