What Are Parking Minimums And How They’re A Problem

3 MAJOR PROBLEMS WITH PARKING MINIMUMS

 BY RACHEL QUEDNAU

This is what one block of charming Old Town Pocatello, Idaho would look like if it had to follow modern day parking requirements.

Parking minimums are the strange, out-dated, and totally unscientific law that’s probably languishing in your city’s zoning code. They sound dull (and they are) but they’re incredibly important because they have dramatically shaped our cities in a detrimental manner.

At the end of the day, cities full of parking are not attractive, inviting or enjoyable places to spend time in. Picture an exciting, fun destination you’ve traveled to. Maybe it’s a cute beach town or a bustling metropolis. Was every building there separated by a sea of parking? I’m guessing not.

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