Black Friday Headlines

  • Fifty million people are expected to travel for the Thanksgiving holiday, down 10 percent from the usual numbers, but still a record for the pandemic. (City Lab)
  • Parking lots are emptier than usual due to the pandemic, so Strong Towns is tweaking its annual #BlackFridayParking tweetstorm. Instead of taking photos of parking lots are are still partially empty on the busiest shopping day of the year, use the hashtag #IWishThisParkingWas to talk about, well, what amenity you wish your city had instead of that parking.
  • Joe Biden has promised high quality, zero emissions transit in every city of more than 100,000 people. Spending just $2.2 billion a year would improve transit service by an average of 30 percent, according to Yonah Freemark. (Urban Institute)
  • Curb space and access to the electric grid will drive the third wave of micromobility. (The Conversation)
  • Uber and Lyft signed a five-year, $810-million contract to provide ride-hailing services to federal employees. (The Verge)
  • Maryland reached a $250-million settlement with Purple Line contractors that had quit work and sued over $800 million in cost overruns. (DCist)
  • Philadelphia’s transit agency is losing $1 million a day, thanks to coronavirus. (Philly Voice)
  • A passenger train between Ann Arbor and Traverse City, Michigan, is expected to start test runs next year. (MLive)
  • A California town has settled with four teenagers who had their phones taken by police when they tried to record their jaywalking arrests. (Reason)
  • The Spokane Tribune-Review looks back on how buses replaced streetcars.
  • An alliance of Dutch governments and businesses is contributing more than 1 billion Euros to two passenger rail projects in Amsterdam. (International Railway Journal)
  • Tech Crunch looks at how Paris, Barcelona, London and Milan have embraced micromobility.


Get Your Camera Ready for Empty #BlackFridayParking Lots

#blackfridayparking Stillwater, OK earlier this morning. I know: college town, morning, etc. but still… — Shawn Strate (@stratetoyou) November 28, 2014 If you’re out shopping on Black Friday, keep your cell phone camera close at hand. Strong Towns is continuing its annual tradition of #BlackFridayParking — capturing photos of half-empty parking lots on America’s high holy […]

Scenes of Half-Empty Parking Lots on the Busiest Shopping Day of the Year

America’s enormous, land-devouring parking lots are largely the result of pseudoscientific engineering conventions and the regulations that reflect them. These laws — parking minimums — often require retailers to build enough spaces to accommodate every anticipated automobile on the busiest shopping day of the year, explains Chuck Marohn at Strong Towns: For years, American cities […]

The Spectacular Waste of Half-Empty Black Friday Parking Lots

If there’s one thing American planners fear, it’s that someone, sometime, somewhere, won’t be able to immediately find a parking space. Gigantic manuals have been devoted to avoiding this “problem,” and laws have been passed in nearly every community in the nation to ensure that no one ever lacks for parking. Chuck Marohn at Strong […]

Get Your Cameras Ready for Half-Empty Black Friday Parking Lots

It’s standard practice to build parking lots to accommodate the maximum number of vehicles expected on the busiest shopping day of the year. As a result, acres and acres of unnecessary asphalt make communities less walkable, waste land, funnel polluted runoff into our groundwater, erode tax bases, and drive up prices for lots of other […]