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
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
Surface parking in Minneapolis. CC image from Zach K.
Writing in MinnPost, Marlys Harris asks why (seemingly) nothing is getting done in Minneapolis. She comes up with three broad reasons: a negative attitude towards new development, economic justifications that don’t pencil out for new projects, and the impact of zoning and land use regulations –
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More items of note on agglomeration:
From City Journal, the “Seven Pillars of Agglomeration.”
Economies of scale in production
Economies of scale in trade and transportation
Falling transportation and communication costs
Proximity with other firms in the same industry
Advantages of diversity
The quest for the center (of the industry)
Buzz and bright lights
And, from The New Republic‘s Avenue blog, a visualization of
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Portland Aerial Tram – image from joseph readdy on flickr
Ah, Portland. Metropolis of planning, bicycling, and all things creative. A couple of things have piled up in my open tabs or in my reader.
Portland hasn’t seen huge shifts in mode share (as noted here previously – hat tip to Jarrett Walker here and here),
Continue reading Assorted Portland tidbits
Soldier Field, US v. Honduras World Cup Qualifier, summer 2009. CC image from flickr
The US has narrowed their list of potential host cities for the US Soccer Federation’s bid to host either the 2018 or 2022 World Cup – and shockingly, that list does not include the Windy City.
The final cities are Atlanta,
Continue reading Links – bad day for the Midwest