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 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 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 24 to view other peoples' photos from across the country. Head to strongtowns.org/blackfridayparking to see the action.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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