American Cities Are Drowning in Car Storage (Seattle Included)

  1. It counts St John’s playground as parking too. And the Boys and Girls Club playground. And Alice Ball park, and several houses next door. Several buildings with dark roofs. Several very brown yards.

  2. I think a small subset of the data may be mislabeled but certainly not a majority. On street and off street structured parking came from city data. For off street unstructured these are the methods:

  3. The article annoyingly dodged the obvious question: why are parking garages so unoccupied? Too expensive? Restricted to people who aren’t using it, like absentee condo owners? Too hard to access? People just straight up don’t know where they are?

  4. Yes. Regular folks can't afford to pay $300/mo or $25/day (has to be there all day), or $4-10/hr for parking in a garage.

  5. The implied argument seems to be that cities, intentionally or thru poor codes, overbuild parking capacity. Personal take, between companies that don't want to pick winners (which employees/customers get lot space), lenders that insist on too much parking, and building for maximum needs (Costco lot on Saturday vs on Tuesday), we wind up with too much.

  6. Surface car parking lots are often only placeholders awaiting either land appreciation or construction permits.

  7. While I agree with some comments here, such as this map is wildly off, I still say any private vehicle that is functionally used also as a commuter car, requires three parking spaces. One space at work, one space at home residence while owner is sleeping, one place at the market/restaurant/laundry/salon/church/park/friend's place (anyplace not within walking distance), where the vehicle is used for access during non-working hours. Thus 2/3 of needed spaces are unoccupied for each single vehicle at a specific moment in time, for each vehicle that is regularly and well used. I am not claiming that public transit/walking should not be better utilized. I'm just saying each car requires more than one space to be functional, while only being in one space at a time.

  8. The parking at my apartment is underground so while it is using space, it’s not like they would’ve used it for housing otherwise. Also, if my employer would let everyone work from home full time I wouldn’t need a spot there instead of using a spot once a week.

  9. which is insanely unreasonable and unsustainable to try to accommodate when most trips are single passenger vehicles in a city of 700,000+...

  10. This is a good argument for why cars suck, and they do. But this city also doesn't offer good enough public transit to replace them.

  11. Sorry, I stop reading the moment someone uses the term 'car storage' when trying to disparage parking and those who need it.

  12. When the city provides efficient, cost-effective, SAFE, clean transit, people will choose to use it and ditch their cars. Until then, people would rather drive for 30 minutes and pay for parking, then take 1 1/2 hours to get somewhere, while feeling unsafe on public transportation, and having to walk the last 1/2 mile in the dark and/or rain.

  13. First of all why is an old article being referenced from 2018? Second this analysis isn’t making sense…if parking was in abundance then why are parking rates so high? Also as a landowner why wouldn’t i convert some of these lots into housing? Its a way more lucrative business especially if you take the authors assumption that these spades are empty which means they aren’t making money for the landowner. Too many things not making sense to really put weight on this researchers findings.

  14. Seattles pretty much culpable for this. They dilly dallied on getting their light rail built in the early 2000’s and created a city that’s pretty much so unfriendly to not owning a vehicle it’s insane. Best light rails I have seen are Denver and Salt Lake strangely enough. Best metros are NYC and Boston obviously.

  15. We had to pay for a monorail they never built, that no one wanted, and that was useless. And then we kept paying for it for years afterwards.

  16. We need more off street parking, ban overnight parking on the streets, and to require vehicle owners to prove they have a place to store their vehicle before they can license it, like Tokyo. It makes no sense to try discourage car ownership at the same time you publicly subsidize it by allowing them to be stored on public property.

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