Less Parking

A reader forwarded this link to an article in the Seattle Times about Seattle removing parking minimums in some zoning types, something Portland has already done.

This is directly in line with one of the suggestions on our open thread on topics (see, I’m listening).

Note the distinction: neither Seattle nor Portland restrict the parking you can build with your new development, they’re just removing the requirement on the minimum amount you have to build.

There seem to be a variety of viewpoints about this:

  • This pushes the parking demand to the street, creating areas with parking shortages (e.g., NW 23rd)
  • If we require parking, we’re just giving people incentives to drive
  • What’s wrong with letting the market decide how much parking is really necessary?

What do you think?

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