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.
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Street standards; Street width; Parking policy; Private communities; Subdivisions
Zhan Guo, Charles Rivasplata, Richard W. Lee, and David Keyon. "Amenity or Necessity? Street Standards as Parking Policy, Research Report 11-23" Mineta Transportation Institute Publications (2012).