Top 5 Recent Stories (August 5–August 9, 2019)

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1. We Require Too Much Parking. These Boston Planners Found Out Exactly How Much.

by Daniel Herriges | August 2, 2019

It’s easy to claim “We have too much parking” but to prove it? These Boston area planners were up to the challenge, surveying over 200 apartment buildings’ parking lots. What they found… might not shock you.

2. My Journey from Free Market Ideologue to Strong Towns Advocate, Part 7: The Nature of Markets

by Charles Marohn | August 5, 2019

There is no such thing as a truly free market; the market exists within a system of rules and incentives. And in America today, that system privileges stability and efficiency at the federal level, at the expense of making our cities and towns fragile.

3. How Better Design Can Help Solve Parking Problems

by Kevin Klinkenberg | August 7, 2019

Giving valuable space in cities over to cars isn’t great for building walkable or productive places. But for now at least, our urban neighborhoods need some parking. This an area where thoughtful design can help us solve multiple problems at once.

4. Are Vision Zero Programs Working in Our Cities—and Would They if We Took Them National?

Upzoned Podcast | Kea Wilson & Charles Marohn | August 2, 2019

Vision Zero aims to end all traffic deaths. Can they do it on a national scale?

5. What Can Assembling a Pizza Teach Us About Strong Communities?

by Robert Sulaski | August 6, 2019

Would you rather have a pizza, or the ingredients of a pizza arranged in separate piles? This analogy has something to teach us about the consequences of how we organize our cities.

(Cover photo by Valentin Wallet on Unsplash)