Today’s Headlines

  • What Will It Take to Make America Walkable Again? (Politico)
  • House T&I Member Capuano: Trump and Congress Unlikely to Find Funding for Infrastructure Plan (Hill)
  • SC’s GOP Legislature Overrides Veto, Will Increase Gas Tax 12 Cents Over Six Years (Post and Courier)
  • Pedestrians Bear Brunt of Boston’s Carnage (WBUR); Advocates Call on Mayor to Fund Vision Zero (Herald)
  • Toyota Helps Poor People Near Its Suburban Texas Office Take on Cost of Car Ownership (Dallas News)
  • Filling Cities With On-Demand, Self-Driving Cars Means More Congestion, Not Less (CityLab)
  • Portsmouth, NH, City Councilor Wants to Replace Downtown Parking Lots With Parks (SeacoastOnline)
  • Local Businesses Back Des Moines Parking Meter Reforms, Rate Increases (Register)
  • Rhode Island Baseball Stadium Would Pave Pawtucket Riverbank With Parking Lots (WPRI via GCPVD)
  • Using Bike Crashes to Rank Dangerous Streets Misses Out on Streets Cyclists Avoid (Urban Edge via Next City)

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Why Free Black Friday Parking Is a Bad Idea

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It can be hard for downtown retailers to compete with big box stores in the burbs. That’s why a lot of cities like to offer free street parking on “black Friday.” It sounds good in theory. But in practice, giving away parking might not do much to help central business districts, or their patrons. Citing […]

Today’s Headlines

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Selling Station Naming Rights, Increasing Parking Fees on Table to Raise Funds for WMATA (WaPo, WAMU) Toronto City Council Supports Plan to Give Priority to Streetcar Lines on King Street (CityLab) New York Times Visits MCity, the Autonomous Vehicle Test Track in Ann Arbor Newest Perk to Sell Luxury Cars: Real-Time Parking Information (Engadget) Anti-Streetcar […]

Parking Craters Aren’t Just Ugly, They’re a Cancer on Your City’s Downtown

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Streetsblog’s Parking Madness competition has highlighted the blight that results when large surface parking lots take over a city’s downtown. Even though Rochester, winner of 2014’s Golden Crater, certainly gains bragging rights, all of the competitors have something to worry about: Cumulatively, the past 50 years of building parking have had a debilitating effect on America’s downtowns. […]

It’s Washington vs. Burlington in the Parking Madness 2016 Tip Off!

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Welcome to Parking Madness, Streetsblog’s annual Sweet 16 tournament of parking craters. What’s a parking crater? Simply put, it’s a depression in the cityscape, a void where car storage has usurped land that should be devoted to buildings. This is the fourth year Streetsblog readers have submitted more than enough entries to field a 16-crater bracket. Thanks to everyone who […]

Social Engineering! Cities That Build More Parking Get More Traffic

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Build parking spaces and they will come — in cars. New research presented this week at the annual meeting of the Transportation Research Board finds a direct, causal relationship between the amount of parking in cities and car commuting rates. University of Wisconsin researcher Chris McCahill and his team examined nine “medium-sized” cities — with relatively stable […]