Why are parking mandates bad? YIMBYtown panelists count the ways

Left to right: Catie Gould, Martha Roskowksi, Tony Jordan, John Bauters, Leah Bojo.
(Photos: Taylor Griggs/BikePortland)

On days two and three of the YIMBYtown conference at Portland State University, parking and land-use experts from across the country shared insights on how our national overabundance of car parking leads to bad outcomes for people who specialize in all kinds of city planning topics.

And based on the boisterous (and productive!) conversations that followed, I think it’s safe to say anyone who didn’t know how big of an impact parking policy has on all elements of urbanism – from housing, to transportation, to safety, to climate – does now.

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