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?
- 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 23, 2018 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 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.
- Visit our website on November 23 to view other peoples' photos from across the country. Head to strongtowns.org/blackfridayparking to see the action.
Now more than ever, it's time to rethink our parking policies and start putting this wasted land to better use.
Towns across the country are transforming unused parking into more productive developments that offer true benefits to a community, not just temporary car storage.
The right amount of parking is well-utilized and valuable. But too much is detrimental.
Municipalities for whom property taxes are lifeblood should treat parking for what it is: dead weight.
While your fellow Americans are busy fighting each other for 50% off toys and discounted televisions at the stores in your town, you have a job: Snap some photos of the parking lots surrounding these stores.
If we took the entire Strong Towns Strength Test and boiled it down to one indicator, it would be parking minimums. If you can't figure out how to get rid of them, your town isn't strong.