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Jacob Marley and the Ghost of Parking Past

Empty parking lot (Source: Strong Towns)
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

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

Why High-Tech Parking Lots for Autonomous Cars May Change Urban Planning

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With the advent of autonomous car technology expected to radically reshape our commutes and roadways, the fate of the lowly parking garage may not seem all that exciting. But planners and architects believe the future of these often unremarkable parts of busy downtown neighborhoods will be much more interesting. New self-parking systems mean more space and more adaptive structures, but only if planners, architects, and designers start thinking ahead. Read more... Read more
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