What is Black Friday parking?
#BlackFridayParking is a nationwide event drawing attention to the harmful nature of minimum parking requirements which create a barrier for new local businesses and fill up our cities with empty parking spaces that don’t add value to our places.
Each year on Black Friday, one of the biggest shopping days of the year, people all across North America will snap photos of the (hardly full) parking lots in their communities to demonstrate how unnecessary these massive lots are. Participants upload those photos to social media with the hashtag #blackfridayparking.
How Can I participate?
- Tell your friends about this event via social media. Share a link to a Strong Towns article so they can learn more.
- On Friday, November 24, 2017 get outside and take pictures of the parking lots in your town.
- Upload your photos to Twitter, Facebook or Instagram with the hashtag #blackfridayparking. Bonus points if you include the location and estimate how full the lot is. (Turning on location services will also greatly aid us in mapping out these posts all over the country.)
- Visit our website on November 24 to view other peoples' photos from across the country.
Let's rethink parking as communal infrastructure rather than private property.
That's a lot of accumulated bad planning, and a lot of surface parking, but now it's all water under the bridge. Those costs are sunk, that ship has sailed.
This year's #BlackFridayParking event was a success! Here are some stats and favorite posts from the event.
One year ago, we released a crowdsourced map tracking decreases in parking minimums across the country as part of #BlackFridayParking. Today we're sharing an update.
Here's how to participate in our annual #BlackFridayParking event.
Two stories from Canada and Indiana show how decreases in parking minimums can be achieved and give us an idea of the results these decreases have.
Whether you're a city staffer, nonprofit leader or just a strong citizen who cares, there's something you can do to advocate for an end to parking minimums in your town.
We are throwing our money away on parking that is simply not needed.
This gets my nomination for worst parking garage on the continent—due not only to sheer size, but also because the same people who thought they should construct the 7,657-space 12-story parking garage apparently didn't realize that they didn't have enough customers to fill it.
We’ve built too much of the wrong stuff in the wrong places and market demand may never catch up or reinvent these landscapes.
Please take a few minutes to submit information about the parking minimums in your city so that we can share an updated map during the week of Black Friday Parking.
For years, we’ve been told that big box parking lots need to be large enough to accommodate peak parking demand. Yet even on the biggest shopping day of the year, I found oceans of empty asphalt.
Today we're featuring an excellent piece diving into parking from one of the newest additions to our member blogroll, a blog from Craig Lewis in Charlotte.
As part of Strong Towns's Black Friday Parking event, I roused myself out of my warm house this morning after Thanksgiving--traditionally the start of the holiday shopping season, and possibly the biggest shopping day of the year--to go study parking lots.
We’re told that Black Friday is the “biggest shopping day of the year”—yet parking lots across the country tell a different story. Last year, I set out to explore #BlackFridayParking at commercial shopping centers across Tulsa to see for myself.