Wednesday, August 18, 2010

If You Design Place For Cars You'll Get Places Designed For Cars

There are lots of car centric places in this country. Those places are unlikely to change, and more than that I expect more of them to be built. I don't have a problem with that. Lots of people like cars and places designed for cars. I don't, personally, so I object to policies which push the urban hellhole in a car-centric direction. The main policy I'm talking about is minimum parking requirements. Plenty of existing residents disagree with me, as for them (many are car owners) the issue is concern that new development will mean more competition for existing parking spaces. I think their solution - more mandatory parking! - is a mistake as it ensures more cars will come.