Parking Garages Built to Zoning, Are Half Empty

In a popular new development in Brooklyn built near transit, 50% of parking spaces are going unused. Why are parking requirements so overspec'ed?, asks Jeremy Smerd.
October 4, 2011, 7am PDT | Tim Halbur
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"Off the streets and under buildings," writes Smerd, "exists a glut of parking spaces, built not to accommodate demand but to comply with zoning that the city has barely updated since the auto boom more than half a century ago."

Smerd says the city knows that its parking codes are out of date, and they're gearing up for an update.

"But transportation advocates worry that reforms will fail to dent what they deem an oversupply of parking at large developments."

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Published on Sunday, October 2, 2011 in Crain's
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