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In Defense of Meter Maids

In Defense of Meter Maids

A recent lawsuit challenged the practice of marking tires with chalk to enforce parking time limits, calling it an illegal search. Be careful what you wish for: our cities just might be forced to start making car owners pay for their use of public space.

Parking is Important and Not Important

Parking is Important and Not Important

It’s time for mandatory parking minimums to go. That doesn’t mean, though, that the need for parking is going to magically disappear. We would also be wise to plan for smart, adaptable parking solutions, so our cities can incrementally urbanize.

Using Data to Improve Your Town's Parking Planning

Using Data to Improve Your Town's Parking Planning

Too often, decisions about parking in our cities are driven by emotion, anecdotes and gut reactions. Better data can help both policymakers and citizens understand the actual parking situation in their city more clearly.

Here's How to Build a Parking Garage

Here's How to Build a Parking Garage

It is backward to think of a parking ramp as a catalyst for success; it is the outcome of success. There is no shortcut to building a Strong Town, but lots of rewards for the effort.

The Many Costs of Too Much Parking

The Many Costs of Too Much Parking

Requiring excessive parking comes at a heavy cost to the vitality and financial resilience of our cities.. Have you ever wanted a one-stop list of the many ways this is the case? We did too. So we made one.

A Free Market for Parking

A Free Market for Parking

When it comes to parking, it’s time to reconcile our free-market rhetoric with our market-busting reality.

How Zoning Codes Reinforce Car Dependency

How Zoning Codes Reinforce Car Dependency

A look at how regulations shape land use in Marietta, Georgia illustrates a vicious cycle: when your zoning code is premised on car-dependency, car-dependency becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Getting Parking Right in Portland

Getting Parking Right in Portland

Portland, OR is leading the charge in parking reform by pricing its on-street parking at a variable rate that reflects shifting demand, instead of subsidizing it.

When Extra Parking Might Be a Good Thing

When Extra Parking Might Be a Good Thing

Typically, the thought of converting an old subway tunnel into parking would send shivers down the spines of urbanists. But this project may be a surprisingly beneficial way to catalyze redevelopment in Rochester, New York’s recovering downtown.

More Evidence That We Have Too Much Parking

More Evidence That We Have Too Much Parking

A new comprehensive inventory of parking in five U.S. cities provides yet more persuasive evidence: we have built way too much parking, and it is a huge drag on the fiscal solvency and the vitality of our cities and towns.

A Relentless Desire to Control

A Relentless Desire to Control

You can put up all the signs you want, but your community will still be vulnerable to a myriad of external shocks.