A new database from the Oakland-based Transform group maps and tracks unused parking spaces in multifamily housing developments.
Transform is an Oakland-based advocacy group pushing for better land use and transportation policies. The organization sampled 68 multifamily housing development parking structures throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, varying in location types. Sites were counted late-night, mid-week, when residential parking lots would be at their fullest.
The intuitively mapped database provides information "about the number of parking spaces per unit, how much of that parking sits empty, what percentage of the building is affordable housing, whether residents pay for parking separately from their rent, what level of transit service is available nearby, whether residents are offered transit passes or carshare membership, what if any parking management exists on surrounding streets, and other data relevant to parking usage," writes Melanie Curry for Streetsblog.
Todd Litman [a Planetizen blogger] of the Victoria Transport Policy Institute calculated construction costs for parking spots, which "[f]or surface spaces, the cost for each one is around $20,000; garages and structures cost $50,000 per space; underground spaces can cost $80,000 per space."
Transform found that across the 68 sites in their GreenTrip Parking Database, "on average 31 percent of the spaces go unused. That’s 867,900 square feet of space that cost an estimated $139 million to build. No wonder parking is a major contributor to the costs of building affordable housing, as identified in a new report [PDF] from four state agencies, including the Department of Housing and Community Development and the Housing Finance Agency."
Amtrak Ramping Up Infrastructure Projects
Thanks to federal funding from the 2021 infrastructure act, the agency plans to triple its investment in infrastructure improvements and new routes in the next two years.
Ending Downtown San Francisco’s ‘Doom Loop’
A new public space project offers an ambitious vision—so why is the city implementing it at such a small scale?
Proposal Would Transform L.A.’s ‘Freeway to Nowhere’ Into Park, Housing
A never-completed freeway segment could see new life as a mixed-use development with housing, commercial space, and one of the county’s largest parks.
How to Measure Transit Equity
A new report highlights the need to go beyond traditional equity metrics to assess how public transit systems are serving the lowest-income and most disadvantaged riders.
Why Brand New Cities Won’t Solve Our Urban Problems
Building cities takes time and resources. Why not spend them on fixing the ones we have?
Former Brooklyn Sugar Refinery Reopens as All-Electric Office Tower
A historic building was reimagined as a 15-story office tower powered by renewable energy.
HUD's Office of Policy Development and Research
Mpact: Mobility, Community, Possibility
Lassen County Planning and Building Services
City of San Carlos
National Capital Planning Commission
This six-course series explores essential urban design concepts using open source software and equips planners with the tools they need to participate fully in the urban design process.