How a Cartoon Enabled Meaningful Parking Reform in Ottawa
"It helps to have a cartoonist in the city planning department."
That, according to an article by Laura Bliss, is "one of the lessons that Ottawa’s Urban Design Branch learned after city planner Tim Moerman crafted a sweetly goofy animation on that driest of urban topics: minimum parking requirements."
Moerman created the cartoon in support of an effort to educate the public before the city considered reductions in parking minimums. Moerman even sent a post to Planetizen to describe his work, and Eric Jaffe wrote about the cartoon for CityLab.
Since then the city of Ottawa has managed to pass new zoning by-laws that reform the city's parking requirements, "with no opposition at the final public hearings." Moreover, reports Bliss, "New parking-free projects are already coming through the door."