What’s Parking Got to Do With It? More Housing, Less Traffic, Better Climate Action

Workshop Summary

Track: How We Move & Where We Live

The little known and insidious weapon that has been killing housing, incentivizing traffic and increasing climate threat in San Mateo County communities for decades is minimum parking mandates. Onerous parking regulations in most cities make it illegal or financially infeasible to build many smaller and more affordable housing types that communities desperately need. By forcing the creation of housing for cars instead of people, we collectively reinforce car dominance and travel in our communities. This accelerates climate destruction, induces more traffic, and reduces the supply of housing for people. Requiring too much housing for cars increases the cost of housing for people, increases rents, and makes some housing projects economically infeasible to construct. But thankfully, cities around the world have now shown us how to remove these misguided regulations, in ways that deliver more housing, less traffic and more beautiful neighborhoods. This workshop will explain how these pioneering cities got it done, and how San Mateo County communities can follow suit.

Format: Workshop will also open with a short game show/trivia like session led by the moderator, then continue into a visual presentation and question/answer session by the panelists.


Moderator: Elaine Uang, Board Member @ Housing Leadership Council of San Mateo County, Founder @ Palo Alto Forward

Amanda Eaken, NRDC, Director of Transportation, American Cities Climate Challenge

Patrick Siegman, Principal, Siegman & Associates

Workshop Convener: Palo Alto Forward

RSVP and details: http://hlcsmc.org/events/hld/hld-2021-workshop-parking/

October 22, 2021 at 12:20pm - 2:20pm
Vivian Le ·
  • Angela Evans
    published this page in Events 2021-10-05 13:46:09 -0700

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