Minimum parking requirements upheld- or, when will they ever learn?

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Last month, a New York appellate court upheld minimum parking requirements in Syracuase, on the ground that such rules are reasonably related to the city's goal of "enhanc[ing] traffic safety by removing cars from the [City’s] streets”(1)

New Urbanists have written extensively about why parking requirements are in fact fertility drugs for cars.(2)  By artificially increasing the supply (and thus loweing the price) of parking, these regulations actually subsidize driving, thus multiplying cars.  And by causing cities to be infested with parking lots, off-street parking rules make the pedestrian environment more difficult and unpleasant.  

Clearly, we have a long way to go before these propositions become common knowledge.

 

(1) http://www.nycourts.gov/courts/ad4/clerk/decisions/2012/03-23-12/PDF/0211.pdf

(2) http://works.bepress.com/lewyn/70/

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