CC image from Atomic Taco
Let’s take a trip up and down the Northeast Corridor and look at recent parking news. All three show some misunderstandings about parking, cities, and markets. Time for some Shoup reading assignments!
New York: Looking to discuss changes to the zoning code parking requirements in downtown Brooklyn, the New York Times comes
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DC skyline. CC image from James Calder
Continuing on the discussion of DC’s height limit (and potential changes to it), I wanted to take note of a few more articles on the subject. George Mason law professor David Schleicher (he of land-use law and procedure fame) asks height limit proponents six basic questions, all of which
Continue reading DC height limit trade-offs, part 2
The Cairo. CC image from NCinDC.
Following up on some of the trade-offs mentioned at the end of the previous post on DC’s height act.
In the discussion of Kaid Benfield’s piece supporting DC’s height limit, several comments are worth highlighting. First, Payton Chung notes the need to discuss more than just supply, but to also
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DC Skyline. CC image from Ed Uthman.
DC’s lack of tall buildings is certainly one of it’s defining characteristics. Given our human tendencies to be loss averse, to embrace the status quo, it shouldn’t be a surprise that changing such a characteristic can be shocking to some.
I’ve written on the height limit before, as have
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Parallel parking on-street. CC image from Eyton Z.
Following up on the previous post, two pieces showing the limits of the zoning code in structuring choice architectures in urban environments:
Parking. Zoning code provisions that require adding off-street parking seriously distort both the urban fabric as well as the decision-making of individuals using those buildings – and
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In the DC urbanist blogosphere (or, David Alpert across multiple platforms), ‘choice’ is all the rage these days. GGW writes about DC Planning Director Harriet Tregoning being “pro-choice” on transportation; Alpert in the Post writing about housing choices and transportation options; and Alpert again talking about zoning and parking requirements on News
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A few items to share in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy:
Hurricane Sandy from NASA GOES-13
Prediction: As the son of a meteorologist, I feel obligated to note that this storm was very well forecast. Given a broader critique of science on a number of fronts, the accuracy of the forecast and the warning it provided
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Why didn’t anyone tell me that DC is the most affordable city in America?
Such was one of the headlines of a summary article about a new report from the Center for Housing Policy and the Center for Neighborhood Technology. The report’s title (Losing Ground: The Struggle Of Moderate-Income Households To Afford The Rising Costs Of
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