Housing without parking is hot in Portland
Portland, Oregon, is going through an apartment construction boom. Forty projects are underway, and 25 of them have no parking, according to Oregon Public Radio. No minimum parking requirements allows developers to increase density on sites and create more affordable units. “Parking a site is the difference between a $750 apartment and a $1,200 apartment. Or, the difference between apartments and condos,” says Dave Mullens of the Urban Development Group. Most of the sites are in walkable neighborhoods well served by public transit. Yet in some parts of the city, parking-free projects are generating controversy, because residents fear more competition for on-street parking spaces. Streetsblog also reported this story.
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