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A study documents the huge amount of space taken up by parking, and the astronomical costs it represents, in five U.S. cities.

Parking eats up an incredible amount of space and costs America’s cities an extraordinary amount of money. That’s the main takeaway of a study that looks in detail at parking in five U.S. cities: New York, Philadelphia, Seattle, Des Moines, and Jackson, Wyoming.

The study, by Eric Scharnhorst of the Research Institute for Housing America (which is affiliated with the Mortgage Bankers of America), uses data from satellite images, the U.S. Census, property tax assessment offices, city departments of transportation, parking authorities, and geospatial maps like Google Maps to generate inventories of parking for these five cities. (The inventories include on-street parking spaces, off-street surface parking lots, and off-street parking structures.)

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For Jackson, they should have used peak season population, not residences.

Ride sharing may reduce the need for parking, as per this Streetblog article.  Makes sense - if the car is redeployed to transport another passenger (who isn't in their own car either) then the car isn't parked and doesn't need a parking space.

This article is interesting too, right down to the hues and composition of the photos contrasted with those in Mike's post.  Fascinating.


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