Solving parking issues can be contentious, but it can be done.
Reblogging this parking Cliff’s Notes from small scale urbanist developer R John Anderson, borne out of frustration with the lack of understanding for how to get parking right. Parking is one of those critical components if we want small scale, quality urban infill to flourish in our community.
There is a relationship between how woefully uninformed people are about parking and how epically they lose their shit over parking problems. I am really tired of explaining the basics of modern parking management to people who seem incapable of using the Internet. Here are the highpoints from Donald Shoup’s fine book The High Cost of Free Parking:
- Recognize that all public parking is not equal. Some spaces more convenient than others, so price them accordingly. The spot at the curb in front of the coffee joint should not cost the same as the top floor of the seven level parking structure.
- For retail areas, price the parking at the curb for a 15% clearance rate. Raise the prices for curb parking until you reach the point where when 15% of the spaces are available. Reduce the price of parking in a rational gradient, the further away from high demand the cheaper the space.
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