San Francisco skyline w/ crane. CC image from Omar Omar
Tales from two cities:
San Francisco: From Ilan Greenberg in The New Republic – San Francisco’s Gentrification Problem isn’t Gentrification. Greenberg compares the public debate (often writen, and discussed previously here) in San Francisco compared to more the more familiar narrative in other cities.
Here, the debate is
Continue reading Prescriptive urbanism vs. market urbanism – the tension between demand for more housing and the desire to curate great cities
From the 1100 block of 10th St, SE, Washington, DC. In the background, note the ongoing demolition of the Most Beautiful Bridge (elevated highways and viaducts category) of 1972. The demolition is part of the 11th Street Bridge project.
CC image from Joe Philipson
Following up on the previous post…
Matt Yglesias links to Michael Manville’s paper, also highlighting the dual areas of inflexibility with zoning parking requirements: that the requirement is fixed at a level above market demand, and that the parking must be provided on site. On top of the rules themselves, the
Continue reading What would happen without parking requirements? Part 2 – Process
Downtown Los Angeles. CC image from Nadia Kovacs.
The paper of the day, from Michael Manville: “Parking requirements as a barrier to housing development: regulation and reform in Los Angeles”
Abstract: Using a partial deregulation of residential parking in downtown Los Angeles, I examine the impact of minimum parking requirements on housing development. I find that
Continue reading What would happen without parking requirements?
Park sign. CC image from Pixel Jones.
We don’t manage our limited parking resources very well. However, that leaves us lots of room to improve our policies.
A recent Freakonomics podcast entitled ‘Parking is Hell’ provides a nice entry-level synopsis of the challenges involved in using market forces to better manage this valuable resource. The podcast
Continue reading Managing on-street parking: zoning is not the way
Requiring developers to build off-street parking is expensive. That’s the key takeaway from a City of Portland study on the impacts of parking requirements on housing affordability. (This study was linked to in a previous post) To illustrate the point, the city looks at a hypothetical development and considers a number of different scenarios for
Continue reading Parking tradeoffs – on-street and off-street
Today I had the chance to talk parking on News Talk with Bruce DePuyt. Fellow panelist David Alpert has a summary at Greater Greater Washington.
Getting WordPress to play nice with embedded videos can be a pain, so please check out either of the links above for video.
(as a quick reminder, the views I express on
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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
Continue reading Parking, misunderstood
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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Portland parking meter. CC image from Ian Broyles
Several tangentially related articles on parking over the past few weeks:
In a previous post on zoning and unintended consequences, I linked to an Oregon Public Broadcasting piece on zero-parking development in Portland, OR – taking advantage of a clause in the zoning code that removes the requirement
Continue reading More on parking requirements and impacts to the city