Parking lot with empty spaces and kids riding bikes

Minimum Parking in St. Paul

Why do we have parking minimums in the City of St. Paul? The current city ordinance is copied at the bottom of this post for reference, but it provides no justification.
Parking Minimums = Control

I once asked an employee from DSI (Department of Safety and Inspections) why a bar should have more parking space requirements […]

Richfield Sign

Richfield Considers Lowering Parking Minimums

On Monday April 22, the Richfield Planning Commission split 3-3 on a recommendation by planning staff to reduce parking minimums in mixed use zoning districts. In areas near transit, the plan would reduce minimum requirements from 1.5 to one space per unit. Outside of areas with high frequency transit, parking minimums would be made […]

Low-car and no-car renters in Minneapolis

Let Us Build Less Parking, Please

Every large American city has parking requirements. New York has parking minimums. Portland has parking minimums. Even Houston, which stands alone in the United States by forgoing zoning laws altogether, has parking minimums. Houstonians can build a multifamily apartment building wherever they like, but they need 1.25 spaces for every studio unit, which is higher than […]

Lakeside Commons Beach

Too Little Parking? It Does Happen, In Fact

I’ve written previously about the angst and mayhem surrounding the parking situation at Blaine’s Lakeside Commons Park. To recap the history of this park and its parking situation:

Lakeside Commons Park was opened in 2010 and built using standard set-aside land and monies from housing development in Blaine.
The park has many features and amenities, including […]

Map Monday: Chicago with Minneapolis’ New Parking Requirements

Via Yonah Freemark (via Councilmember Lisa Bender’s Facebook page), here’s a map of what Chicago’s minimum parking requirements would look like if they adopted the recently proposed “Minneapolis minimums” along transit lines.

As Freemark explains,
It is important to note that a zoning change eliminating parking requirements is not the same as a parking maximum, which is a policy […]

The Yard Part 4 – A Vision for an Active Urban Park

[…] urbanism, which populates underutilized urban spaces with activity and generates enthusiasm and political support for permanent changes. Before any dirt is turned, use an existing Star Tribune surface parking lot to host an event. Bring in temporary trees and benches. Have a temporary beer garden and live music in the summer or ice rink in […]

Minneapolis Proposes to Eliminate Minimum Parking Requirements Near Transit

[…] City Planning Commission on Monday, June 15, 2015 at 4:30 PM. If you’re unable to make the hearing to testify in person, you can also submit written comments to Aaron Hanauer, Senior City Planner, at×150.png Loring Park Brownstone Parking Minimum Chart (Source: City of Minneapolis)×350.jpg Missing Middle Wedge […]

My Empty Parking Spot Has a Price

24/7/365 livestream of my forever unused parking spot.
My apartment comes with a parking spot. I don’t use it, but I pay for it. My apartment, my parking spot–it’s a package deal. It sits empty through spring, summer, and fall. Sometimes a parking scofflaw appropriates my spot as their own (this happens rarely). But I don’t care, […]

You’re Invited — 2021 Annual Picnic at Minnehaha Park, 9/11, 12:30-2

[…] under the big oaks) on Saturday 9/11 for a picnic. 

Come to discuss the matters of the day: the election, public space, COVID, climate change, the end of parking minimums, new housing and development around the city, or anything else!

Because we don’t know how many people might attend, it’s pot-luck style. Please bring a small […]