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.


Shoup to O’Toole: The Market for Parking Is Anything But Free

We’re reprinting this reply [PDF] from UCLA professor Donald Shoup, author of the High Cost of Free Parking, to Randal O’Toole, the libertarian Cato Institute senior fellow who refuses to acknowledge the role of massive government intervention in the market for parking, and the effect this has had on America’s car dependence. It’s an excellent […]

Curb Appeal

Alan Durning is the executive director of Sightline. This post is #15 in the Sightline series, Parking? Lots! Imagine if you could put a meter in front of your house and charge every driver who parks in “your” space. It’d be like having a cash register at the curb. Free money! How much would you collect? Hundreds […]

How Parking Requirements Help Walmart and Hurt Small Businesses

On Black Friday, Chuck Marohn of Strong Towns asked his Twitter followers to take pictures of parking lots on one of the busiest shopping days of the year. The evidence they returned was pretty damning: Retailers like Walmart, Kohl’s, and Target — some compelled by mandatory parking minimums — provide way more parking than shoppers will ever […]