Thursday’s Headlines, and a Lot of Them

  • President Biden’s infrastructure plan is filled with compromises the White House made to ensure it had broad support. (Washington Post)
  • Republican senators are prepping a counteroffer to Biden’s plan that will be just a fraction of a size and funded partly by electric vehicle fees. (Politico)
  • While some “vaccine tourists” are flying thousands of miles for a COVID shot, others have no way to get to their appointments close to home. (Kaiser Health News)
  • An MIT professor has figured out a way to model pedestrian movement the way that traffic engineers do for cars. (World Economic Forum)
  • With much of the white-collar workforce expected to stay home post-pandemic, some urbanists are dreaming of converting offices into housing. But it’s not as easy as it sounds. (Slate)
  • Parking guru Donald Shoup reflects on how things have changed in the past 25 years. (Parking Today)
  • New Jersey transit officials say it could take four years for ridership to recover. (NJ Biz)
  • Despite the influx of federal funding, the financial situation at Denver’s Regional Transportation District is still uncertain. (Mass Transit Mag)
  • Milwaukee will use part of its $400 million in stimulus money to expand the city’s streetcar. (TMJ 4)
  • Dallas-Fort Worth will spend $54 million from the stimulus package on bike and pedestrian projects. (Star-Telegram)
  • Sacramento is turning its historic train station into a multimodal and environmentally friendly “mobility hub.” (Smart Cities Dive)
  • Billy Penn has an update on Philadelphia bike projects.
  • Athens, Georgia, is starting to build out a 20-year plan to put bike paths on every major street. (Flagpole)
  • Washington, D.C. will start enforcing parking laws again June 1. (Washingtonian)
  • Austin’s Cap Metro is starting to prepare land-use plans for affordable transit-oriented housing near new Project Connect transit stops. (Monitor)
  • Houston has a new, contactless fare system. (Railway Age)
  • Orlando Weekly tries to talk some sense into Florida politicians who are enamored with Elon Musk’s Boring tunnels.
  • A retired L.A. Metro rail car could be turned into a cafe or museum. (Long Beach Post)
  • Just shoe it: Portland’s new bike-share docks are made out of recycled Nike sneakers. (Bike Portland)


Donald Shoup, an Appreciation

On Tuesday, the news came that after 41 years of teaching at UCLA, Donald Shoup, distinguished professor of urban planning, will retire. For all of us who have had our paths in life profoundly influenced by his research, writing, and teaching on parking and transportation, it’s a good time to reflect. I never got to […]

The Price of Parking: Let the Free Market Decide?

The Wall Street Journal ran a piece this weekend by Conor Dougherty on the municipal move toward charging more for parking. It’s available online to paid subscribers only, but here’s a taste: As anyone who has ever circled the block for a marginally better spot knows, parking is an American obsession. It occasionally boils over […]

Americans Can’t Afford the High Cost of Parking Requirements

Building a single parking spot can easily cost more than many Americans’ life savings. In the latest issue of Access Magazine, retired UCLA economist Donald Shoup brings this point home to illustrate the huge financial burden imposed by minimum parking requirements, especially for poor households. The average construction cost of structured parking, across 12 American cities, is $24,000 for an above-ground […]

Camden’s Waterfront Abyss Wins the 2015 Golden Crater

From the Texas Panhandle to the Bay Area, from the shores of the Detroit River to the Gulf Coast of Florida — America’s cities are a pockmarked mess, blighted by asphalt parking expanses you can practically see from space. Streetsblog readers submitted two dozen horrendous parking craters for consideration in this year’s Parking Madness tournament, and the editors picked 16 to vie […]