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Figure 2: Development possible on existing parking lots (based on current zoning). 82nd Ave between Foster & Powell.

How Much of Portland is Used for Off Street Parking?

Areas with concentrations of parking represent areas with concentrations of destinations. By concentrating people instead of cars in these areas, cities can begin to act on climate and housing goals simultaneously. Converting parking lots to housing creates climate resilience by removing asphalt surfaces that contribute to urban heat while also reducing vehicle miles traveled. A portion of these buildings that replace parking lots will have green roofs, which help with onsite water management and, again, reduced urban heat.

Thomas Carpenito on his bike.

Meet Thomas Carpenito, Creator of the Parking Lot Map

We know parking lots take up too much valuable land in our communities. But how much land, exactly? Parking Reform Network researcher Thomas Carpenito wondered how he could find out — and how he could make that data make sense to people.  Parking Reform Network: How did you first become interested in parking reform?  Thomas …

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Raleigh joins ranks of cities with no costly parking mandates

Raleigh, North Carolina became the 24th North American city confirmed to have eliminated minimum car parking requirements for most land-uses citywide. In a 7-1 vote on March 15th, 2022, Raleigh City Council approved a series of zoning amendments which flipped existing parking minimums to parking maximums, established bicycle parking requirements, and imposed environmental mitigations for …

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Bridgeport, CT joins growing list of cities with no costly car parking mandates

On November 29, 2022 the Planning and Zoning Commission of Bridgeport, the largest city in Connecticut, adopted the Zone Bridgeport code update, a comprehensive zoning update which included a complete repeal of minimum car parking requirements for new developments. Bridgeport now joins a rapidly growing cohort of cities that have removed these requirements. The Parking …

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Parking reform progresses in Raleigh, NC

On Tuesday January 18th, Raleigh’s Text Change subcommittee approved zoning code language that would repeal costly car parking mandates citywide and apply parking maximums for many uses. The next step in the process, which was initiated by Raleigh city council in June, is for the proposal to be heard by the whole Planning Commission in …

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