This Friday, join Strong Towns for our fourth annual #BlackFridayParking event. The day after Thanksgiving, head out to the malls—but not for the shopping deals. Do it for the parking.

That's right, we want you to visit a local parking lot and take a picture of it, then share it with the world, using the hashtag #BlackFridayParking.

We use what's supposed to be the biggest shopping day of the year to illustrate the unnecessary and wasteful nature of excessive parking in our towns—much of which is the result of parking minimum laws. Parking minimums present a barrier for new local businesses, they make our places less walkability and safe, and they deprive our communities of tax dollars (since parking lots are usually taxed at a much lower rate than buildings).

Here's how to participate:

  1. Tell your friends about this event via social media. Share a link to a Strong Towns article so they can learn more.
  2. On Friday, November 25, 2016 get outside and take pictures of the parking lots in your town.
  3. Upload your photos to TwitterFacebook or Instagram with the hashtag #blackfridayparking. It helps a lot if you include the location and estimate how full the lot is. 
  4. Visit our website on November 25 to view other peoples' photos from across the country.

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