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.
Let's rethink parking as communal infrastructure rather than private property.
That's a lot of accumulated bad planning, and a lot of surface parking, but now it's all water under the bridge. Those costs are sunk, that ship has sailed.
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.
Here's how to participate in our annual #BlackFridayParking event.
Two stories from Canada and Indiana show how decreases in parking minimums can be achieved and give us an idea of the results these decreases have.
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.
We are throwing our money away on parking that is simply not needed.
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.
Please take a few minutes to submit information about the parking minimums in your city so that we can share an updated map during the week of Black Friday Parking.
For years, we’ve been told that big box parking lots need to be large enough to accommodate peak parking demand. Yet even on the biggest shopping day of the year, I found oceans of empty asphalt.
Today we're featuring an excellent piece diving into parking from one of the newest additions to our member blogroll, a blog from Craig Lewis in Charlotte.
As part of Strong Towns's Black Friday Parking event, I roused myself out of my warm house this morning after Thanksgiving--traditionally the start of the holiday shopping season, and possibly the biggest shopping day of the year--to go study parking lots.