Recent Streetsblog CHICAGO posts about parking

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2-Minute Video: Why Parking Minimums Are the Worst

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“Minimum parking requirements act like a fertility drug for cars,” Donald Shoup wrote in his celebrated investigation of parking economics, The High Cost of Free Parking. The above video, from the city of Ottawa, does a good job explaining exactly why that is and the problems it causes. Ottawa commissioned the animation to explain why its 1960s-era parking […]
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Get Your Camera Ready for Empty #BlackFridayParking Lots

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#blackfridayparking Stillwater, OK earlier this morning. I know: college town, morning, etc. but still… pic.twitter.com/VkgAK709Ar — Shawn Strate (@stratetoyou) November 28, 2014 If you’re out shopping on Black Friday, keep your cell phone camera close at hand. Strong Towns is continuing its annual tradition of #BlackFridayParking — capturing photos of half-empty parking lots on America’s high holy […]
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Arkansas Town Breaks Ground By Eliminating Commercial Parking Minimums

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In an effort to boost development downtown, leaders in Fayetteville, Arkansas (population ~80,000), last week eliminated minimum parking requirements for commercial properties citywide. Leading the push were planning commissioners like Tracy Hoskins, whom the Fayetteville Flyer described as a “longtime businessman and developer.” Hoskins argued, persuasively, that businesses are capable of deciding for themselves how many […]
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Park(ing) Day Scenes From Coast to Coast

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Today is a very fun day in cities around the U.S., when advocates for better public spaces unleash their imaginations on the dreary places where we normally store cars. Park(ing) Day is “an annual worldwide event where artists, designers and citizens transform metered parking spots into temporary public parks,” according to its organizers. Below we are showcasing […]
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Newark Clears Bike Lane of Cars, Solves Parking Problem With Meters Instead

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Michael Andersen blogs for The Green Lane Project, a PeopleForBikes program that helps U.S. cities build better bike lanes to create low-stress streets. Three months after Newark drew national attention for considering removal of New Jersey’s only protected bike lane in order to allow illegal double-parking, the city has found a different solution. Instead of […]