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Imposing minimum parking mandates on commercial land uses near transit makes housing scarce and expensive.

If you have difficulty envisioning why, try adding homes near this #Milpitas light rail station. See all this underused asphalt? It’s all required by law. Image
Here's what a #Milpitas light right station area looks like on the ground.

To get here, take the #VTA light rail line to the Alder stop. Then, trudge north through a sea of parking. ImageImageImageImage
#Milpitas could instead manage curb parking near the station, using prices and permits, and remove its costly minimum parking regulations. Many cities have already done this. Image
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“After eliminating parking requirements, monthly rent in the average #Minneapolis studio apartment fell from $1,200 to less than $1,000.” #AB1401…
“As the leader of one of the state’s largest parking authorities, Park #NewHaven, I’ve come to learn a lot about parking. Our business model rests on the notion that parking is better when shared & the cost of parking should be borne by people who want to drive.”

A good policy.
“Zoning laws have the opposite result. They impose the cost of parking on nondrivers — and on all of us. Zoning mandates on parking make the cost of construction — and housing — more expensive."

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My mom & dad bought their first house in #PaloAlto for about $16,000. At the time, it cost about 5 cents per hour to park downtown. Today, that same house would cost ~$3 million & it’s free to park downtown.

We have completely solved our affordable housing problem–for our cars🧵
In 2019, surveyors counted 313 homeless people in #PaloAlto, up 99% from 2013. They found no homeless cars.…
How did #PaloAlto become a city of expensive housing and free parking? In 1951, Palo Alto adopted a new zoning ordinance. The new law limited housing and required parking.…
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California's legislature started 2021 with over 100 housing bills. About half are still active. The rest may return next year, or in rare cases, later this year as a gut-and-amend of an unrelated bill. Details in thread & at… PDF at… Please visit for the text versi
Wildfires and earthquake preparedness: the direction we're going in is hardening existing buildings, and tougher codes for new buildings. SB12, SB63, and AB1329 are still active.
Coastal zones: the remaining active bill is #AB500 to encourage housing near coast, especially if affordable and/or near transit.…
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What is the practical effect of all the parking that most cities require be built with new housing or commercial buildings? If you've ever wondered about a hole in the ground that looked something like this, then this thread is for you. (1/19)
While I shared a few months ago about parking requirements more generally, I'd like to now explore more of the logistics issues and implications of parking requirements as it relates to... just getting all that parking built. (2/19)
In cities like LA, much of the required parking gets built underground - out of sight, out of mind, right? - and can take 6-12 months to build, at $80K per parking space. Anyone who rents or buys a home in that building will pay for that. (3/19)…
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1/11 “A few years ago, @LauraFriedman43 toured an affordable housing project in #Glendale, the city of 200,000 she represents in the California State Assembly. What caught her eye was the garage: a cavernous, subterranean space, virtually empty.”…
2/11 “To comply with local parking requirements—two spaces for every studio or one-bedroom apartment, and rising from there—the builders had been forced to pour millions of dollars of concrete and reduce their number of new apartments..."
3/11 “…all to build a garage their low-income tenants would never fill.

“’These requirements are definitely stopping housing,’ she concluded.”
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