Today’s Headlines

  • Research Ties Land-Use Regulations to Inequality (WSJ)
  • Hey, Leonardo DiCaprio: Real Climate Champions Don’t Oppose Urban Density (Vox)
  • NextCity Reviews Hillary Clinton’s Urban Agenda
  • TransitCenter: Frequency and Walkability Are the Keys to Getting Nashville Transit Right (Tennessean)
  • Car Crashes the Leading Cause of Death Among Teens (NBC Philadelphia)
  • Lower Fares Boost Ridership on Toronto’s Airport Line (Torontoist)
  • Boston Considering Hiking Parking Meter Rates (Globe)
  • City Observatory Compares the Price of Parking Across U.S. Cities
  • Where WalkScore Falls Short (State of Place)


Cincinnati Will Reform Its Parking Mandates

Bad parking policy can greatly harm a city. Too much parking makes walking impractical and uncomfortable. It also erodes the tax base, as the map of downtown Detroit we posted last week made painfully clear. Meanwhile, cities that manage the parking supply wisely have bolstered their downtowns, as we’ve seen in the cases of Pittsburgh and […]

Seattle’s New Park-and-Rides Cost a Fortune But Won’t Move Many People

Seattle area voters will vote this November on a $53 billion transit expansion package. But along with new light rail lines stretching across the region, Seattle will also be getting a publicly owned parking empire. In total, the plan calls for $661 million in spending on parking at transit stations. At an astounding $80,000 per stall, that will fund 8,300 parking spots. Zach […]

Will Miami Take the First Step Toward Parking Reform?

It’s been a long time coming, says Felipe Azenha at Transit Miami, but finally the topic of parking reform is getting some attention in Miami. Eliminating parking requirements for small buildings in Miami could lead to larger reforms — and the elimination of bigger garages like this one — later on. Photo: Mark Hogan via […]

Parking Madness “Elite Eight”: Kansas City vs. Grand Rapids

One more round, and we’ll be down to the worst-of-the-worst parking craters in the Parking Madness bracket, our annual search for the worst excesses in urban surface parking. Parking overkill has certainly done a lot of damage to both of today’s competitors — Grand Rapids, Michigan, and Kansas City. We need you to help us decide which city […]

Today’s Headlines

LaHood Joins Axelrod’s Political Think Tank (The Hill) The World of the Self-Driving Car: Urban Parks or Suburban Sprawl? (NYT) How the Feds Used to Do Urban Revitalization: Tear Down Housing, Build a Parking Lot (WaPo) Meanwhile, in LA, They Tore Down a Parking Lot and Made a Park (Urban Times) Fortune Editor Foretells the […]

Chicago’s Parking Requirements Are an Out-of-Date Relic

The good news: Demand for parking spaces is down among residents of central Chicago. But here’s the bad news: The city of Chicago still requires lots of parking. That hurts everyone, whether they live in those buildings or not, says Ryan Richter at new Network blog Transport Nexus: At Lakeshore East, a development of mixed […]