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New York Parking

Parking Battles Heat Up in New York City

With car ownership rates soaring, the fight for the city's free street parking spots is intensifying.

January 8, 2021 - The New York Times

Boston Parking Meter

Free Parking as a Restaurant Business Incentive During Coronavirus

As restaurants and other local retail businesses ponder how to stay open as people stay at home and social distance for the foreseeable future, parking regulations will likely be reevaluated—they already are in Cincinnati.

March 17, 2020 - Cincinnati Business Courier

New York Street Parking

N.Y.C. Parking Reform Takes Step Forward as Debate Rages On

In Manhattan, a contentious debate has been brewing over on-street parking and how that space could be used for something other than storing cars.

February 19, 2020 - Gothamist

Metrolinx Transit

Less Free Parking for Transit Commuters in Southern Ontario

Transit planners in the region around Toronto are planning a "parking modernization" program that will charge for parking at GO stations and hope to provide new ways to access the system—without a car.

January 22, 2020 - The Globe and Mail

New York Street Parking

The N.Y.C. Free Parking Giveaway Needs to Stop

Free street parking in much of New York City means lost revenue, but it also affects the urban landscape and the quality of people’s lives. So how much is all that street space really worth?

December 10, 2019 - Bloomberg Opinion

San Jose, California

For Lack of Free Parking, Downtown San Jose Loses a Grocery Store

Why isn't there a place for a major grocery store brand in the downtown of one of the most economically active cities in the country?

June 14, 2019 - The Mercury News

Philadelphia Jewelers' Row

The True Cost of Parking in Philadelphia

What will people really pay for parking? This study measures the value of garages or dedicated spaces to properties on the market in Philadelphia.

September 18, 2017 - PlanPhilly

Surface Parking

The Most Effective Way to Reduce Employee Driving

The single most effective way a major employer in Seattle found to reduce solo driving was to charge employees for parking, but ruling-out monthly permits. An innovative method was adopted to charge workers on a daily basis

August 15, 2017 - The Seattle Times

D.C. Considering a 'Cash-Out' Program to Get Commuters Out of Cars

Washington, D.C. is looking to cut back on one of the incentives that inspire commuters to drive to and from work.

March 20, 2017 - The Washington Post

North Dakota

State Legislation Could Make Parking Meters Legal in North Dakota Again

A law making its way through the North Dakota Legislative Assembly would challenge a prevailing assumption in the state that free parking is a human right.

March 1, 2017 - The Wall Street Journal

Vanishing Act for Free Parking on the Las Vegas Strip

Among other things, the Las Vegas Strip is famous for seemingly infinite numbers of free parking spots. MGM, however, will soon change the game.

January 21, 2016 - Los Angeles Times

The Danger of Commuter Benefits for All

In yet another illustration of the high cost of free parking, Eric Jaffe reports on a study by two Virginia Tech transportation scholars that analyze all types of commuter transportation benefits and how they influence choice of commute mode.

August 3, 2014 - CityLab

Does Too-Plentiful Parking Spark Wild Parties at Chicago's Montrose Beach?

Parking is at the center of proposed urban design and planning responses a recent melee at Montrose Beach in Chicago, which followed an un-permitted concert.

July 25, 2014 - Chicago Tribune

Parking Sign

Portland Shows How to Create More Downtown Parking (Without Building Any)

Dynamic pricing is not the only route to increasing parking availability. Better management of disabled placards at metered spaces may be an easier and more effective strategy. Implemented on July 1, Portland's policy is showing dramatic results.

July 14, 2014 - AP (via KATU.Com)

Should Electric Cars Get Free Parking?

Ideally, the best way to encourage sales of non-polluting electric vehicles would be to price carbon emissions. But if that isn't possible, why not reward EV owners with perks such as free parking; or would that be a distortionary incentive?

July 24, 2013 - UC Berkeley: Energy Economics Exchange

Should Cities Eliminate Free Parking for the Disabled?

Ongoing research from the University of California Transportation Center documents the detrimental effects that free street parking for the disabled has on city coffers and performance pricing systems. Is it time to reconsider such laws.

June 19, 2013 - The Atlantic Cities

Thinking Economically About Free Parking

This op-ed from The New York Times looks at the economics of free parking, and argues that many of those spaces should have a price tag.

August 16, 2010 - The New York Times

California Considers Full-Cost Parking Bill

Having stalled in the state Senate last June, a bill that aims to "reduc(e) governmental or government-required subsidies for parking" passed out of the senate on Jan. 28. Parking strategies would be eligible for cap & trade credits under the bill.

January 30, 2010 - Los Angeles Times

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