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Are Parking Garages Headed the Way of Horse Stables?

In Washington D.C., and cities across the U.S., many planners believe the decline in driving and auto ownership presages a major reshaping of urban land use. As the demand for parking spaces wanes, how will our streets and blocks change?

"The clamor for more spaces continues from some quarters of [D.C.], beating back [Planning Director Harriet] Tregoning’s drive this year to unhitch developers from mandates to create more parking when they put up new buildings," notes Ashley Halsey III. "But by the end of the 21st century, parking garages may go the way of the horse stables that were an omnipresent part of the city 100 years ago."

“Shared cars might be driven 95 percent of the time and parked 5 percent of the time. That’s clearly where we’re headed,” Tregoning said. “If the 95-5 happens, whole streets that now have parking on them won’t need it. We’ll have wider sidewalks. We’ll have more bike parking. It will be really lovely.”

Full Story: The search for a parking spot

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