Parking reform policy

“In a city of roughly 750,000 people, Seattle has at least [in a large, stylistic font:] 1.6 million parking spaces. And they’re worth approximately $35.8 billion, with a B.” A graphic of 6 crowded parked cars with a 7th attempting to park sits at the bottom left of the graphic.

The following are excerpts of what I wrote for Andrew Grant Houston’s Parking Reform policy:

At a time when we need to reduce the cost of housing, need more public space for our growing population, and need people to drive less and own fewer cars, we continue to require new buildings have parking while we hold onto as much on-street parking as possible. 

It feels like a circus.

This is why we need parking reform.

  • P-Patches
  • Street Dining
  • Parklets
  • Bioswales
  • Bike Parking
  • More Trees

We can even use the City’s power of eminent domain to acquire a downtown parking structure and turn it into a school—finally treating downtown like an actual neighborhood.

…In addition, anyone who has a registered disability (the blue placard you may have seen on an ADA spot) can register with the city and will have access to any spots without having to pay any fees whatsoever.

We can’t meet our climate goals without addressing the toll all this parking takes on our environment. 

Impervious surface runoff is the primary way pollutants like oil, metals, pesticides and herbicides get into our Puget Sound. In addition, because the water is neither filtered nor absorbed by the earth, our impervious surfaces cause a greater volume of runoff than natural conditions would. This leads to flooding and erosion

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