It's time to put an end to parking minimum laws and allow our cities to become productive places again.
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.
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.
What's wrong with parking minimums?
Strong Towns allow new businesses to flourish and treat their land as a valuable resource. Minimum parking requirements hinder the potential of Strong Towns by creating barriers for new local business start ups, and filling our cities with unproductive, empty parking spaces that don’t add value to our places.
Join us each November for our annual #BlackFridayParking event, which takes a bold stand against parking minimums with an interactive, nationwide campaign.
Want to see an end to parking minimums across America? Join the movement that's working to accomplish that.
Progress on Parking Minimum Removals Across the Country
Click on the pins below read about what's going on in each city with regards to parking minimums:
Visit this page to add your town to the map.
Sandpoint, Idaho eliminated its downtown parking minimums 10 years ago. Since then, at least four projects that could not otherwise have happened have brought new vibrancy and economic productivity to downtown.
Hartford got rid of parking minimums. So can your city.
Plus 5 tips for repealing parking minimums in your community.
Resources to Help End Parking Minimums in Your Town:
See which cities are getting rid of parking minimums, from sea to shining sea.
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.
Here is a quick how-to guide for dealing with people who claim your city lacks adequate parking.
We hope many of you are spurred to action during this week of #BlackFridayParking. One of the ways to get your voice heard is through your local paper. Here are some tips to help get started.
Here are some excerpts from municipal codes that demonstrate different ways to remove or decrease parking minimums. We hope these are helpful examples.