Black Friday Parking

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What is Black Friday parking?

#BlackFridayParking is a nationwide event drawing attention to the harmful nature of minimum parking requirements. 

Parking minimums 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?

  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 23, 2018 get outside and take pictures of the parking lots in your town.
  3. Upload your photos to TwitterFacebook or Instagram with the hashtag #blackfridayparking. Bonus points if also include a note about how that parking lot could be put to better use in your community. (Housing? Offices? Park? You decide!) It's also helpful if you note the location of the parking lot and estimate how full it is.
  4. Visit our website on November 23 to view other peoples' photos from across the country. Head to to see the action.

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