Category: Energy

Will Electric Cars Fuel Urban Sprawl?

Shai Agassi has an idea so revolutionary it’s convinced venture capitalists to commit hundreds of millions of dollars, major corporations to sign on, and the leaders of countries around the world scrambling to sign up to be the guinea pigs for his new technology. It’s also an idea that, as soon as it is heard […]

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The Paradox of Cheap Parking, in Real Time

Last spring, I heard about an interesting dataset about Ann Arbor, Michigan, where I lived for four years as an undergraduate student. Busy with the flurry of activity leading up to my completion of graduate school, I stored it away to look at later. After all, real-time information on cities is hard enough to come […]

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We Need Congestion Pricing

Maybe it was during a 20-minute, 2-mile taxi ride from Georgetown to downtown D.C., where my average speed was 6 miles per hour. Or maybe it was during a lurching bus ride across K Street that took perhaps half an hour to traverse the same distance. During both trips, city street were jammed with large, […]

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Montgomery County Loves to Park

In a previous post on parking I reviewed some of the region’s bloated parking requirements. Today I was re-visiting the Montgomery County Zoning Code’s parking requirements and decided to post a more detailed list. Although these requirements can be adjusted somewhat for uses near Metro stations or in parking districts or for other reasons, this […]

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Are Expensive Parking Meters Fair?

Urban neighborhoods across America have a “parking problem.” Free curb spaces are hard to come by during busy times, especially in commercial areas. Because curb spaces are so much cheaper than garages, drivers continue to cruise for spaces. That’s the reason one of the major recommendations of parking reformers like Donald Shoup is raise the […]

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The Urbanists’ Panacea: Parking Reform

Donald ShoupFor decades, zoning codes in American cities have required new buildings to provide a minimum number of parking spaces. The Washington, D.C. region is no exception, and our zoning codes contain a hodgepodge of requirements resulting in legally mandated parking spaces from Clarksburg to Springfield. A new book causing waves in the urban planning profession has put these requirements in the spotlight, arguing they have resulted in nothing less than a total “planning disaster” for American cities.

Read more to find out why Professor Shoup thinks our parking policies have “debased” our cities, what he thinks we should do about it, and how D.C. officials are re-thinking their parking policies.

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