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Even a booming city like Seattle still has a lot of land tied up in parking lots. Photo: The Urbanist
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The Case for a Tax on Parking Lots

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Parking lots make cities less walkable, bikeable, and transit-friendly. They crowd out space for housing. They erode the tax base. A few American cities have special taxes on surface parking lots that create an incentive for redevelopment, and Seattle is one of them. The trouble is, says Doug Trumm at The Urbanist, Seattle’s parking lot tax […]

CNT Study of D.C. Parking Could Pave the Way for Better Chicago Policies

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Chicago’s City Council recently passed a beefed-up transit-oriented development ordinance that eliminates parking minimums for new residential buildings near transit. However, new development outside of the TOD zones still are still generally required to provide a parking space for every unit. A report co-authored by Chicago’s Center for Neighborhood Technology provides more evidence that this […]
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Vote for the Best Urban Street Transformation of 2015

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It’s almost time to say goodbye to 2015, which means we’re about to hand out Streetsies to recognize achievements for walking, biking, and transit in American cities this year. Earlier this month we asked readers for nominations for the Best Urban Street Transformation of the year, and here are the standouts from your submissions. It’s a great batch and […]