Description

This paper explores the rationales underlying the use of minimum street width requirements to mandate street parking. A survey of 97 cities reveals that this mandate is not a technical necessity based on safety concerns or an amenity reflecting market demand, two common beliefs held by decision-makers. Many residents are likely unwilling to pay for street parking if it is unbundled from housing. The hidden parking policies should be made transparent and subject to public oversight, the double standard between private and public streets should be eliminated, and parking on residential streets should be optional.

Publication Date

6-1-2012

Publication Type

Report

Topic

Transportation/Land Use/Environment

MTI Project

1001 - Part II

Keywords

Street standards; Street width; Parking policy; Private communities; Subdivisions

Disciplines

Transportation

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