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Downtown East, Minneapolis (Tony Webster / Flickr)

How ‘shared parking’ can improve city life

More efficient parking systems mean less congestion, fewer emissions, and lower rents.

Willa Ng
Willa Ng
May 19, 2016 · 4 min read

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How 100 parking spaces in a mixed-use district can be distributed based on usage times. (ITDP)

  • Developers could build fewer parking spaces (something they want to do anyway) in favor of more living, office, or retail space that people actually use — and they could stop bundling the cost of parking into rents.
  • Less street space would be dedicated to blank parking garage walls and vast stretches of asphalt in favor of a more walkable environment.
  • Drivers would get to their parking spaces as efficiently as possible, which means less congestion and fewer emissions for everyone.

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