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More private residential parking spaces to get EV chargers

Electric vehicle charging stations will be installed in 140,000 parking spaces in 700 private residential buildings, Paul Chan announced.

The government launched a HK$2 billion home electric vehicle charging grant program in October 2020 to promote the installation of charging stations in parking lots of existing private residential buildings.

Given the overwhelming response, an additional HK$1.5 billion will be injected to extend the program for four years until the 2027-28 financial year.

The program will support the installation of electric vehicle charging infrastructure in around 140,000 parking spaces in 700 residential buildings, or almost half of the eligible parking spaces in Hong Kong.

A government source said Hong Kong has seen rapid growth in electric vehicles, with one in four electric vehicles of newly registered passenger cars last year.

The source said authorities found it necessary to allocate more funds as they had already received 560 applications as of the end of last month, which were for around 115,000 parking spaces, while the initial funding of $2 billion HK for the program could only cover about 60,000 parking spaces.

About 240 of the 560 applications have been approved. The additional HK$1.5 billion may provide more room for new applications, the source said.

The first installation work should begin within the week. The source said it is expected that installation works will be completed for around 100 private car parks by March next year.

Meanwhile, Chan said the government is preparing to gradually convert some gasoline or liquefied petroleum gas filling stations into fast charging stations, to support the provision of charging services for more diverse types of vehicles. .

“We will also explore the feasibility of developing larger service station sites under the ‘single site, multiple use’ model,” he added.

In innovation and technology, HK$10 billion will be injected to promote the development of life and health technologies. The funding will be used to support equipment, research talent, clinical trials and data application so that universities and institutions can improve their capabilities and capacities.

An InnoLife Healthtech Hub will be set up in the Hong Kong-Shenzhen Innovation and Technology Park, which will include 16 life science and health laboratories established under the flagship project of “InnoHK Research Clusters”.

Universities will see their grant amount under the Technology Startup Support Program for Universities doubled to HK$16 million. It’s about helping them create their own start-ups and commercialize their research and development results.

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New downtown Clarksville parking lot planned by Franklin Street

Downtown Clarksville is in the midst of a construction boom.

The F&M Bank Arena is under construction and when completed will attract up to 6,000 people for some events.

There is also a host of surrounding private commercial developments, either in the construction phase or on the drawing board.

It begs the question, “Where are all these people going to park their cars to eat, shop, and hold events in the arena?”

At a town hall meeting Wednesday at the Roxy Theater, Clarksville Mayor Joe Pitts and the Clarksville Parking Commission shared some responses.

There are a few new things.

Linda Gerron, director of communications for the City of Clarksville, introduces Mayor Joe Pitts, right, and Michael Palmore, the city's parking officer, at City Hall on Wednesday.

Primarily, Pitts said, a site is chosen for a potential parking garage that would be accessible primarily to Franklin Street and surrounding areas.

The goal, he said, is to have it ready for use by the summer of 2023.

It is still early in this process, but it is now moving forward after discussions with several stakeholders.

“We are talking about making this proposal public after presenting it first to the Parking Commission and then to City Council because they would be required to issue debt,” Pitts said during a full-capacity rally at the Roxy.

“There is a lot of interest in our downtown area. We understand that the arena project and the private development in our downtown area makes it crucial for us to do this and meet our parking needs.”

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After conversations with Montgomery County Mayor Jim Durrett, the county government will be “in some way” involved in the parking lot project, Pitts added.

The county initially paved the way and authorized funding for the F&M Bank Arena.

Pitts also touched on two other topics surrounding the parking lot conversation.

“We’ve spent the last few months brainstorming ideas related to this discussion,” he said. “One idea that we have eliminated is that of building a parking lot in the town hall parking lot.

“We have also eliminated the idea of ​​privatizing our car parks.”

Park Mobile app

City parking manager Michael Palmore provided an update on the new ParkMobile phone app, now available for use downtown.

Through the app, users pay for street or garage parking, find vacancies, track time left in their spot and more, without using a parking meter or kiosk.

Park Mobile app logo

Monthly parking permits will also be issued through ParkMobile’s payment system, making it quick and easy to renew them, according to Palmore.

As part of this partnership, ParkMobile will service 234 on-street and off-street parking spaces throughout the downtown core.

First and Second Streets will be mixed-use, allowing users to pay at the meter or via ParkMobile.

Cumberland Garages in downtown Clarksville will also be mixed-use with new ParkMobile-enabled payment machines, soon to be installed.

With unpaid parking tickets piling up at City Hall, Palmore said he hopes the new systems being implemented, along with a return to “evicting” excessive parking violators, will bring back more great solvency in the Parking Commission and that more motorists would follow the city. parking rules.

Members of the Clarksville Parking Commission include Andrea Herrera, Andy Kean, David Shelton, Ryan Bowie and Councilman Travis Holleman.

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Construction of new parking lot displaces students and staff

The surprisingly good weather for a Wyoming winter means that Sampson Construction and the construction of the Ivinson parking garage continue to stay on track. (Photo by L. Hoffman.)

Students and staff are torn between frustration and excitement over the new Ivinson parking garage.

“I’m really looking forward to finding good parking options on campus,” said Miranda Perry, a journalism student. “This will ease the frustration we all feel when paying for parking permits,”

With a unique position as a student and employee, Perry describes how limited parking availability disrupts both her school and work schedule.

“Last semester I had to plan things around the parking lot,” Perry said, “I have to avoid setting up meetings or appointments that require me to leave [work] in the afternoon.”

Perry notes that the University of Wyoming has not announced to students and staff the closings of grounds and parking spaces.

“Recently, I found out that some co-workers didn’t realize that some parking lots had been redesignated,” Perry said. “I don’t think it was communicated very well that there were more parking options.”

“Behind the Ag building they put in some new green space, which was confusing because there are specific requirements for green space,” Perry said. “They could have used it as a temporary parking space while they started other construction projects.”

With the combination of parking issues and mass construction, students and staff are experiencing a new disconnect.

“That’s what people at other universities struggle with, and it was something different when I came to UW,” Perry said. “There was this open space and a sense of movement. Looks like a bit of that has been lost recently.

Keeping construction projects on track has also proven difficult.

“Construction of a concrete structure at 7,200 feet during the winter always poses the problem of weather conditions,” said Jennifer Coast, deputy director of Capital Construction and Safety. “Sampson Construction is responsible for temporary heating and has built several parking lots in the Rockies.”

The university expects the parking garage to alleviate on-campus parking issues when complete.

“Parking has always been in high demand at UW,” said Paul Kunkel, director of transportation services at UW. “The campus community is thrilled with this addition of a multi-level parking structure near the heart of campus.”

The new three-level structure will be a mix between short-term parking and permit parking during regular UW hours

This contradicts some students’ hopes of free parking on Ivinson for better access to places like The Union and Guthrie House.

“Ivinson’s ground was nice to get to for Reece Hall, and nothing really came together to replace him,” Perry said.

“There hasn’t been student parking near Gutherie House in the past, so the current situation is really nothing new,” Kunkel said. “The parking lots east of Union and west of the Cooper lot both had available capacity when the Ivinson lot closed in October.”

With the Ivinson car park well underway and the possible approval of more car parks in the future, students and staff are concerned about which locations will be affected and how their access to campus will be adjusted.

“I know the faculty don’t use ‘A’ parking permits because it’s not worth it because depending on where you work on campus there are a lot of ‘death zones’ for parking,” Perry said.


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New parking spaces at GK, Lajpat, Nizamuddin, Punjabi Bagh coming soon

The South Delhi Municipal Corporation would construct several new parking facilities near Gk-1 Market, Nizamuddin, Gk-2 Market, Amar Settlement, Lajpat Nagar and Punjabi Bagh, Mayor Mukesh Suryan said on Tuesday.

He said space to construct multi-level car parks had been identified at Punjabi Bagh Club Road and Janakpuri.

Suryan also said that the construction of a parking lot with a capacity of 399 cars at GK-1 market and another parking lot with a capacity of 86 cars at Nizamuddin are in full swing.

Work on the parking lot that can accommodate 238 cars at GK-2 market, 81 cars at Amar Colony-Lajpat Nagar and 225 cars near the cremation center at Punjabi Bagh has also started.

According to a 2017 government report, the number of registered vehicles in the nation’s capital has crossed the crore mark.

Delhi government transport department data puts the total number of registered vehicles at 1,05,67,712. There are 31,72,842 registered cars in the city. The numbers have increased several since then.

Suryan said that currently, fully automated multi-level car parks are operational at Green Park with a capacity of 136 cars, Lajpat Nagar-3 with a capacity of 246 cars and Adhchini Village with a capacity of 246 cars. a capacity of 56 cars.

He also said that the SDMC has tried to strengthen the parking system in all areas and more spaces will be identified to build modern parking lots in the future.

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Why Salisbury has too many parking spaces

The Journal reported on January 13 that 61.9% of online respondents to the Salisbury Neighborhood Development Plan consultation opposed plans for housing in the Brown Street car park.

The intention was always, when the five Park and Ride locations opened, to reduce downtown parking.

However, this plan was never implemented, instead the long-term car parks were replaced with short-term car parks, which led to more traffic movements in the city and a failure of the Park and Ride to achieve the traffic reduction for which it was intended.

We are now left with a city that has far too many parking spaces taking up valuable space, an underutilized park and ride, congested streets and poor air quality.

For the past 20 years the intention has remained for Brown Street and Salt Lane car parks to be redeveloped for housing and other commercial uses, but once again Salisbury residents have opposed any restrictions their right to drive and park where they want. and in this they are supported by some of our elected councillors, including the head of the Departmental Council.

I cannot agree with Cllr Clewer’s statement that removing parking on Brown Street would increase travel times and carbon emissions for those who live on the south side of town.

The Culver Street car park is in need of refurbishment, it is directly accessible from the Ring Road and would avoid congestion on Exeter Street which causes poor air quality for residents and schoolchildren along this busy road.

When will Salisbury follow the example of many other cities in this country and move towards streets for people not cars and encourage active travel and public transport for the benefit of all?

We seemed to be heading in the right direction with the central area setting and the friendly streets, both approved by our elected councils, but abandoned due to strident objectors.

Councilors react to the wishes of voters so let’s make our voice heard, the neighborhood plan is that opportunity, we all have a right to clean air and safe streets, if not with more and more housing generating more car journeys, Salisbury is heading for disaster.

Pam Rouquette


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DU faces an acute parking space management problem

Dhaka’s century-old university has a lot of problems; shortage of dormitories for students, housing for teachers, poor water supply and waste management. Add parking problems to the list.

Cars, motorbikes and bicycles, parked on the road in front of and around the arts building, are a common scenario. Without officially designated spaces, many are forced to park their vehicles haphazardly, UNB reports.

“Usually the university administration doesn’t allow us to park here, but exceptions are made for special guests and visitors,” said driver Abu Hanif, who parked his car in front of the building. Arts.

Asked about car parking at Shadow, a corridor next to the arts building where a space is reserved for parking, Abu Hanif said the space was too small to accommodate the growing number of vehicles.

Another driver, Saiff Kader, said: “It’s a decent space for us to park here. But the university administration does not allow us to stay here long.

“Sometimes they also file complaints,” he added.

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However, it should be mentioned that only 15 cars can be parked in the shade at a time and this is the only parking area in the Faculty of Arts. In addition, Shadow is reserved for teachers’ vehicles. And there is no parking area for student and tutor vehicles.

On the other hand, the parking lots of the Faculty of Business Studies and the Faculty of Social Sciences, the Institute of Business Administration and the Faculty of Science are a bit different.

The Faculty of Commerce has two parking lots, one for teachers and the other for students. Most of the time, in the faculties of commerce, the vehicles are systematically parked.

Meanwhile, the Faculty of Social Sciences has its parking lot in its basement but the facilities are not sufficient.

Also, University vehicles to transport students, teachers and staff can be seen parked on the road on Mall Chattor and on the north side of the Jagannath Hall Playground.

Due to the lack of proper parking facilities, parking anywhere on campus has become a problem not only in the academic parts of campus, but also in dormitories and in the central library.

Bicycles and motorbikes are seen parked in hallways and lobby passageways as there is no allocated space for parking.

In addition, the facade of the libraries is cluttered with student bicycles and motorbikes.

The suffering of students

Anis Hossen, a 2nd year student in the Department of Management Information Systems, said, “Sometimes it looks like the whole campus is a parking zone, because you can see cars, motorbikes and buses are parked. anywhere on campus.”

Imon Hasan, a 2nd year student in the Tourism and Hospitality Management department, regretted that the campus has become a highway where there is no one to monitor the parking of vehicles.

“I’ve never seen the front of the Teacher-Student Center (TSC) area empty. I don’t know when it turned into a rickshaw stand!” he added.

Students cannot navigate campus roads easily due to unauthorized parking and excessive traffic from outside vehicles, the students said.

What the relevant authorities say

“We do our best to maintain discipline but we also have to be human. We have to admit that we don’t have enough space to park but we have to park our cars, buses and other vehicles,” the vice said. -Chancellor (Admin) Pr Dr Abdus Samad.

“Also, foreign vehicles such as secretarial cars are parked on campus. We all know that public transport should not be allowed on campus, but we have to allow it because it is a problem. national.” he added.

He also said, “Before making a difficult decision, we should think twice about our ability.”

“This issue will take a long time to resolve. We have to deal with this parking issue until the ‘Master Plan’ is implemented,” Prof Samad added.

Professor DU Proctor AKM Golam Rabbani said: “Whenever we see cars in a no-parking zone, we chase them away”,

Shafiqur Rahman, one of the managers of the university’s transport management office, said: “Actually, we don’t have enough space to park, even though we have a total of 23 vehicles at our disposal. .”

When contacted, the University of Dhaka property manager, Fatema Binte Mustafa, refused to speak by mobile phone about the matter.

Master plan to improve parking

Apart from the new high-rise university buildings, the Tk 90 billion master plan, marking the university’s 100th anniversary, includes the development of transport services with parking facilities. It also contains new roads with bike lanes and overpasses.

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Some Downtown Boise Parking Permit Prices May Rise


A car parks in the Ninth and Main parking lot in downtown Boise. It is one of Boise’s busiest parking lots, and usage has recently returned to pre-pandemic levels.

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Nearly two years into the COVID-19 pandemic, downtown Boise parking lot usage is finally close to where it was at the start of 2020.

Increased usage means parking rates may soon increase.

But don’t sweat yet. The hourly rate will remain at $3 and the first hour will always be free. The proposal from staff at Capital City Development Corp., Boise’s urban renewal agency, which owns and operates the six downtown ParkBoi garages, is primarily for monthly permits.

The proposal, which was presented to the agency’s board on Tuesday, includes a price increase of 5% to 10% for most monthly permits. At the Ninth and Main garage and the Capitol and Main garage – the two busiest parking garages in ParkBoi – the monthly permit rate would increase by 9%, from $175 per month to $190 per month. In these two garages, the hourly maximum on weekdays would increase from $15 to $20.

The monthly permit price for the 11th and front garage would increase by 25% from $100 to $125, but would still be the lowest priced permit available. Any other proposed increase in permit rate is 10% or less.

The proposal includes increasing the weekend daily maximum at all garages to $8 from $6.

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This table shows the proposed price increases for ParkBoi Monthly Garage Permits. The Ninth and Main Garage and the Capitol and Main Garage are the two busiest in ParkBoi. Now that usage is back to pre-pandemic levels, the CCDC is considering raising parking prices. CCDC

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This table outlines the proposed parking rate increases for ParkBoi parking garages in downtown Boise. The weekday maximum for hourly users could increase at ParkBoi’s two busiest garages. Utilization of these two garages (Ninth and Main Garage and Capitol and Main Garage) has exceeded pre-pandemic levels in recent months. CCDC

Potential price increases are expected to be reviewed by the board on March 14. The agency plans to launch an online survey this week at and keep it open until February 28. It also plans to inform customers and publish a public notice. before the March 14 meeting. If the rate increases are approved, they will take effect on May 1.

“We’re trying to employ demand-based pricing,” Parking and Mobility Manager Matt Edmond said during Tuesday’s meeting. “We like to say in the business world (that) parking can be convenient, cheap and/or available, but it can’t be all three. You basically have to choose two. Thus, the goal of rate adjustments is generally to target higher rates to maintain availability at these high-demand facilities and to direct some of that demand to areas where availability is generally not an issue.

The increases would also offset rising operating and maintenance costs and help pay for parking and mobility initiatives to improve the customer experience, Edmond said.

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Rates for monthly users of two of downtown Boise’s most popular parking garages, including the one at 9th and Main streets, could increase in May 2022 if proposed increases are approved by the Boise Board of Directors. municipal agency that operates the garages. David Stats [email protected]

Part of Edmond’s explanation for the price increases was to find a way to keep people away from the two most popular garages. The Ninth and Main Garage and the Capitol and Main Garages have filled up recently while other garages have more space available.

“Maximum daily users could potentially displace these people coming downtown for a very short period of time,” Edmond said.

From November 2019 to February 2020, the Ninth and Main Garage reached a peak occupancy rate of 89.4%. In November and December 2021, the garage was at 86%.

At the Capitol and main garage, peak occupancy hit 84.4% before the pandemic, down from 93.9% in the past two months.

A parking facility is generally considered to be at full capacity when 85% or more of its spaces are occupied, according to the agency.

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This graph shows ParkBoi garage usage in downtown Boise each month from December 2019 through December 2021. After a steep decline at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, usage has returned to pre-COVID levels. pandemic in recent months. CCDC

The new proposal also provides an option for employers to pay for a number of parking spaces at any given time rather than a number of permits for individual users. Edmond said this is based on companies adopting hybrid models in which employees work from home part-time and in the office part-time. For example, instead of paying for 50 permits, an employer could pay for 25 places.

Edmond said his department was considering rate increases before March 2020, but those plans were “rendered moot” when the pandemic hit and garage usage plummeted.

The recovery has been slow, but agency statistics show that demand is about to return. Hourly revenue is around 80-85% where it was before the pandemic and overall garage inflows are around 90-95%. At the two busiest garages, usage exceeded pre-pandemic levels by 1% to 2%, Edmond said.

“It’s great to see our numbers are back,” said CCDC Board Chair Dana Zuckerman. “I hope this means businesses in downtown Boise are doing well. That’s what I read here.

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This graph shows usage at ParkBoi’s Ninth and Main garage and Capitol and Main garage in downtown Boise. Usage in recent months has exceeded pre-pandemic levels. These are the two busiest garages in ParkBoi. CCDC

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These are the three most expensive parking spots in Toronto right now

For most residents of downtown Toronto, a car is more of a luxury than a necessity. Sure, you might need to move a couch on the subway once in a while, but you can probably manage your day-to-day life without investing in a car.

But if you just can’t live without that luxury, then be prepared to cough up luxury prices accordingly to own a place to store that car, with those lines painted on the asphalt now costing some buyers way more of $100,000.

Turns out there are three such spaces that currently exceed the six-figure mark in Toronto, and a look at the three most expensive parking spaces listed on offers a window into the madness unfolding in condo parking lots across the city.

197 Yonge Street – $125,000

A regular on the lists of the most expensive car parks in the city, 197 Yongeknown as Massey Tower, tops the list through 2022, with a space listed for $125,000. And that’s not even taking into account the $211 monthly maintenance fee.

It was one of three buildings with a parking space that exceeded the $100,000 mark in 2020, and if that wasn’t enough, the building had space listed for a whopping $120,000 in 2021.

If you’re wondering why this slim condo tower charged such high parking prices, it’s more than the building’s central location just steps from the Queen subway station.

The tight Massey Tower site required a complex automated parking garage with car lifts, stacks and turntable systems, hidden behind the tower’s sculptural Yonge Street facade.

89 McGill Street – $100,000

This condo tower at the corner of Church and McGill has a space listed for the modest sum of $100,000and as 197 Yonge, Alter on Church at 89 McGill Street is a relatively new condominium building.

And while it’s not quite the fancy high-tech garage seen at Massey Tower, this place comes with an electric charging station and a much more reasonable monthly maintenance fee of just under $87.

49 Liberty Street East – $100,000

The Liberty Central condo complex in 49 Liberty Street East in the King West Village neighborhood seems like a rather unexpected place for a parking space with so many zeros at the end.

The area may be less central and the condo tower less glitzy than the other places on this list, but this space comes with an extra storage locker and a very cheap monthly fee of just over $30.

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Clemson imposes new 15-minute parking spots downtown

By Greg Oliver

The newspaper

CLEMSON — Earlier this week, the city of Clemson reinstated all of its parking regulations that had been suspended for much of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Street parking, which had been extended from one hour to two hours, with all paid parking in garages free, is now limited to one hour, and those parking in city center car parks will be required to supply the meter .

A new parking sign in downtown Clemson tells visitors they can only stay 15 minutes.

But the city also reminded residents to be on the lookout for new 15-minute street parking spots for anyone doing quick tasks, such as picking up orders. These spaces, all clearly marked with a sign in front of the space, were approved by Clemson City Council last year on the recommendation of the Economic Development Advisory Committee.

The resolution states that spaces will be permanently designated for 15-minute parking on a first-come, first-served basis 24 hours a day, with none to be used exclusively by a business or businesses or their suppliers, carriers, employees and / or customers. Rideshare drivers cannot perform pick-up and drop-off using the designated 15-minute parking spots or use the staging or waiting spaces.

The city’s community and economic development co-ordinator Lindsey Newton, who presented the resolution to council, said the spaces “give people access to downtown businesses, especially in a faster way.”

“Thanks to COVID, business models have fundamentally changed,” Newton said. “A year ago the curbside and curbside service – almost no one was offering it. I don’t think it was a problem a year and a half ago, but I don’t think it will change.

City Administrator Andy Blondeau said the city should probably consider hiring an additional parking attendant because of the change, as well as the new hotel being built downtown. Newton said the cost of an additional officer could come from revenue if metered parking spaces are placed downtown.

Newton said there are businesses along College Avenue and on Earle Street, North Clemson Avenue and Sloan Street “who want central space for their businesses.”

“They want it where their customers, their clients, their bosses, grab what they need and walk away,” she said.

Advice on new parking spaces

Councilor Catherine Watt said she felt the recommendation “is definitely reasonable”.

“I know older people who would love to have something downtown and don’t walk at the same pace as you or me, and they would definitely love to have those spaces,” Watt said.

Councilwoman Alesia Smith said adding 15-minute parking spaces “is a good idea.”

“It will help businesses and other members of our community who don’t have to drive around, look for parking and cause more traffic jams,” she said.

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Impact on the website! With the new parking action plan, the non-scientific parking spaces on the LHH road have been removed

Impact on the website! With the new Parking Action Plan, the unscientific parking spaces on Light House Hill Road (LHH) have been removed

Mangaluru: Talk about the magic that the issues highlighted on are fixed in no time. civic issues and within hours or days the authorities concerned, who cannot stand criticism of their negligence, swiftly step into action and rectify civic issues. In the past, has highlighted various civic issues on our website, and there has been a huge effect with most issues resolved in no time, from the rectification of dilapidated roads, open drainage, unfriendly trails, dog threat, neglect, garbage, illegal palisades, potholes, dying trees, etc.

Following the report (Ref: Unscientific parking spaces on the LHH road Not a SMART IDEA by the people in charge of SMART CITY! ), Mangaluru Smart City Ltd (MSCL) officials have now removed non-science parking spaces near the Ladies Club / across from Tagore Park on Light House Hill Road, Mangaluru, after developing a new action plan for the parking.


As the construction works on the section of Light House Hill Road to Dr Ambedkar Circle (Jyothi Circle) widened, although the project was progressing slowly, it was good news for the citizens of Mangaluru and tourists in Mangaluru. . Unfortunately, the bad news was that providing unscientific parking spaces for all four wheels on this widening road, which was just a silly idea. All of the educated people and people of common sense that the Mangalorean team interacted with all said that the parking spaces that had been provided were nothing but foolish and absolutely a stupid idea, of the from those responsible behind the plan.

These car parks are close to the Ladies Club and opposite Tagore Park, on the stretch of LHH Road, where four-wheelers parked in these spaces with their bumpers extending out onto the road, imagine what the situation would be like on the road. traffic on this road during rush hour. Also, how would parked vehicles move in heavy traffic? Did any of the MSCL officials consider all of these drawbacks when planning these unscientific parking spaces. A few days after the publication of our report, Sincerely, from the Mangalorean team, received a call from the General Manager (Technical) of MSCL stating that the parking spaces will be removed and the new parking action plan will be given to us. notified soon.


Once again, on January 7, 2022, Er Arun Prabha, the Managing Director of MSCL, said that with the new action plan for parking, instead of allowing four-wheeled vehicles to park on the side right of the road adjacent to the wall of the Ladies Club, a parking space will be provided for two-wheelers, with marked lines. And now, where the two-wheelers are parked next to the Tagore Park, this space will be provided for the parking of four-wheelers, with marked lines (only). This is the new action plan on the parking issue, and I hope it will serve the purpose without objections or complaints from motorists and citizens.

Either way, I’m sure many of us have faced similar delays on busy streets just because of vehicles parked in weird places in already narrow lanes. It will not be surprising to see such sites in areas with malls, markets and malls. Roadside parking is a necessity in any city’s traffic ecosystem. Unfortunately, he is so underestimated on bigger issues that he is put aside. Considering the high percentage of four-wheeled vehicles among the total vehicle population in Mangaluru, apart from two-wheelers, it becomes essential to be able to manage the availability and proper use of parking spaces on the main arteries of the city.

Vehicles parked along the road can create a similar bottleneck and sometimes accentuate a pre-existing bottleneck due to the conflict and blockages they create for the flow of traffic. Street curb parking can be streamlined by making simple changes to the way we view parking as a whole. Reserving specific sections of a busy road to open for parking will provide much needed structure to parking availability, but certainly not on that LHH road. Making only one side of the road open for parking and alternating the two sides every now and then the meters can divide the congestion evenly. This is not a popular solution for a crowded city like Mangaluru. However, this would not produce any advantage on small stretches in some streets of Mangaluru. On such roads, having a clear demarcation on an open side for parking is a welcome respite.

As we try to solve the city’s parking problems, it is important to note that at the heart of this problem lies the paradox of balancing means and ends to achieve systematic and well enforced parking at the edge of the road. road. The ultimate goal is not to make the parking experience easier to get people to get out their cars and vehicles more often, but to provide more convenience for those who choose to bring their vehicles and remove bottlenecks. throttling caused by random parking. Solutions to parking problems should be designed with the end results in mind. Making traffic and the parking experience smoother should be the order of the day.

Ultimately, a well-managed parking space scenario in the city will not only provide a comfortable option for drivers to park quickly and save time, it will also lead to a clear list of available parking spaces and decisions. more informed for drivers to choose the right mode of transport. Given the demand for total removal of parking spaces from some of the city’s busy roads, a better parking environment will require discipline and informed decisions about daily commuting. Let’s hope that the management of parking spaces gets the importance it deserves in the long battle for improved and safe mobility in Mangaluru! .


In response to the report published in (Ref: OH MY GOD! Total nonsense yet again dig / cut all new Light House Hill Road ), Er Arun Prabha – General Manager (Technical) of Mangaluru Smart City Ltd clarified by stating

“MSCL dismantled about 50m of this section at the end of the road for a lane width to build a retaining wall. This became necessary due to the (free) U-turn to the right. We also had to realign the UGD line here. This is old concrete, not new concrete.


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How Oslo is recycling its old parking spaces for cyclists

In recent years, Oslo has seen a proliferation of pedestrian streets, public transport now serves all corners of the city, and parking spaces, usually reserved for cars, have transformed over time into cycle paths. When they don’t end up like this, they are replaced by green spaces or bicycle parking lots.

The trend is now for the transformation of old car parks into cycle paths, easily recognizable by their red color. Bikes (including cargo bikes) are available through bike-share systems to help those without their own bike get around the city center, which is fully geared up for them.

However, there are still a few parking spaces, reserved primarily for disabled drivers, emergency vehicles or delivery drivers (even if the latter are generally only allowed to drive in the morning). Others are dedicated to charging electric vehicles. In addition, there are still many parking lots on the outskirts of the center.

It should also be noted that the few cars still circulating in the center of Oslo are mostly electric. The Norwegian capital is now one of the European cities with the highest rates of electric vehicles on the road, according to a recent report by the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT).

All of these changes are being made to help improve air quality and combat climate change. But another advantage is the safety of road users. A pioneer in the pedestrianization of its city center, Oslo recorded no deaths of pedestrians or cyclists in 2019, a unique case in the world for a city of its size.

While Oslo began its transformation decades ago, other major European capitals, such as Paris, Madrid and Berlin, often face greater opposition from residents when imposing this type of policy. – AFP Relax news

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Sunflower parking spaces ‘make life easier’ for people with hidden disabilities – Clarke

Deputy Sorca Clarke wants the council to introduce Sunflower parking spaces in Blackhall and other public car parks in the county.

Longford Westmeath Sinn Féin TD Sorca Clarke has asked Westmeath County Council to introduce Sunflower parking spaces in all major towns and villages.

The purpose of Sunflower Spaces, Deputy Clarke explained, is to “make life a little easier for people living with hidden disabilities and have them available in parking lots for people who don’t have a license. blue badge, making local facilities and amenities more accessible.”

“Hidden disabilities can include learning disabilities, mental health issues as well as mobility, speech, sight or hearing impairments. They can also include conditions such as asthma, COPD and other debilitating lung conditions as well as chronic conditions such as kidney failure, diabetes and sleep disturbances, all of which can have a significant impact on an individual’s quality of life.

“Living with these types of conditions can make everyday life more demanding for many people. They affect each person in different ways and can be painful, exhausting and isolating. Without visible evidence of a hidden disability, it is often difficult for others to recognize the challenges people face, which means that sympathy and understanding can often be in short supply.

“Similar pilot projects are underway in other local authorities across the country and there is no reason why, at very little cost, it cannot be implemented in Westmeath,” the report concluded. Deputy Clarke.

Sinn Féin local representative for the town of Mullingar, Hazel Behan, echoed Deputy Clarke’s calls for the council to introduce sunflower spaces across the county.

“I think it is imperative that Westmeath recognize people living in our community with hidden disabilities and follow the progressive example of other local authorities who have successfully implemented this system in public car parks.

“Having Sunflower Spaces raises awareness and greatly helps people with hidden disabilities who may face significant challenges in their daily lives. Making sure everyone knows what the sunflower means shows that someone who has chosen to park in this type of designated space may need extra support and lead to understanding and tolerance additional.

“I look forward to Westmeath County Council taking the necessary steps to make our communities more inclusive and the lives of hidden disabled people more tolerable by implementing this relatively cheap and sensible measure,” Ms Behan said.

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Bombay: Eight shopping malls open their car parks to the public at night

In a bid to address the lack of parking space in Mumbai, locals, visitors and commercial vehicle owners will be allowed to park their vehicles between 11 p.m. and 8 a.m. at eight malls in the city from of December 1.

According to a plan drawn up by Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) and the new Mumbai Parking Authority (MPA), 6,500 new parking spaces will be available. The MPA, responsible for regulating parking in the city, had met with shopping center owners in 2019 to discuss the idea of ​​using vacant parking spaces on their premises during non-working shopping center hours.

While five malls charge for parking on a monthly basis, others have opted for weekly or overnight charges. The largest number of parking spaces, over 1,100, is available at the Phoenix Palladium in Lower Parel at Rs 3,500 per month. The parking rates have been decided by the mall authorities. “This will be particularly beneficial for crowded residential settlements where parking spills out into the streets and adequate parking is not available on their premises. Malls will also be open to accommodate Ola/Uber fleet owners for this facility,” MPA said.

Earlier, MPA opened the BEST bus depots for private bus parking. BMC had also declared 100 meters around 29 public car parks as no-parking zones. Sections along five thoroughfares in different parts of the city have also been turned into no-parking zones. However, the plan was later withdrawn,

The MPA, formed in January this year, won the approval of the BMC Standing Committee in May and is headed by Additional Municipal Commissioner P Velrasu. Based on the suggestion of Municipal Commissioner IS Chahal, MPA is in the process of creating a Municipal Parking Pool – which will be an online aggregation platform that will contain details of all available parking spaces in the city.

Chahal had appealed: “All other government agencies, which have parking areas under them, should be encouraged to participate in the City Parking Pool (CPP) to ensure that citizens can reserve any parking in the city using a single platform”.

Under the CPP, owners (commercial spaces, shopping malls) will be free to open their premises as they wish and will have the flexibility to keep schedules, prices and rules to their liking.

The authority also made recommendations on the planning and control of all on-road and roadside parking in the city.

Experts appointed by the authority will carry out nine tasks, including studying legal issues relating to the implementation of the workforce, preparing a comprehensive plan for parking management in the 24 districts, drafting of a parking policy, uniform signage and consideration of appropriate parking rates, officials said.

To meet the growing demands for affordable parking spaces in every neighborhood, the MPA team also actively identifies open and vacant lots that can be converted into surface or underground parking.

The eight malls that have opened their car park are – Growels 101 in Kandivali, Infinity malls in Andheri and Malad, R City mall Ghatkopar, R mall in Mulund, Inorbit Mall in Malad, Phoenix Market City in Kurla and Phoenix Palladium in Lower Parel.

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Hesperia Park & ​​Ride adds 200 parking spaces –

HESPERIA, CA ( — The Park & ​​Ride located at the southwest corner of US Highway 395 and Joshua Street in Hesperia will soon have additional parking spaces.

Rachel Molina, deputy city manager of Hesperia, told VVNG that the city is expanding by adding 200 more spaces.

Molina said they expect the project to be completed by the end of January 2022.

According to the San Bernardino County Transportation Authority, Park & ​​Ride lots provide parking spaces for commuters to park and meet their rideshare or vanpool, or for commuters making transit connections. San Bernardino County Park & ​​Ride lots are free and do not require a permit.

Park & ​​Ride car parks are restricted to daytime use only, overnight parking is not permitted unless carpools are parked in designated carpool overnight parking spaces.

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Luton Council boss receives ‘extremely hostile’ reception for car park cuts ‘which will kill business’

The chief executive of Luton Council received a hostile reception from business owners angry at parking cuts, during a trip to High Town.

Robin Porter had visited the conservation area along High Town Road last week after business bosses said plans to drastically reduce their parking spaces for a new housing estate would drive away shoppers.

Estate agent Mohammed Shahid said Mr Porter faced angry shopkeepers.

Barriers around the Ville Haute car park

“It was extremely hostile,” he said. “Business people feel very disappointed.”

He has now started a petition in the area calling on the council to rethink its plans to remove 28 public parking spaces, which businesses fear will drive away customers who cannot park. Merchants will be left with only 12 places for themselves and the customers they say.

“We were not consulted on the plan,” he said. “We were all taken by surprise.

“All businesses have been closed during the shutdowns and some are barely surviving. The loss of parking closes a lifeline, they will close.”

The warning of advice to traders

Mr Shadid said since parking spaces were removed to accommodate a new development of flats, there has been chaos on the road, with people parking in yellow lines or on the pavement.

“The parking lot has been around for 45 years,” he said. “We all have to find somewhere else to park. The general manager has witnessed chaos in the area with people parking on double yellow lines.”

Dorota Bodniewicz lives and works in High Town and said: “It’s ridiculous what’s happened here. They’re literally killing businesses as customers struggle to park. They’re just killing the area.

“The council is keeping its fingers crossed that we get used to it.”

Twenty-eight places were lost

The petition states: “Luton City Council has failed to properly consider the impact of the loss of these car parks and has made no proposals regarding alternative parking arrangements.

“The construction process has already started and is progressing rapidly. This will significantly reduce the level of on-street parking in the area, but will also remove the vast majority of long-term parking in the High Town Road commercial area.

“This long-term parking lot is used by both local residents and people who work in businesses and shops in the upper town. This change will also impact people with reduced mobility and parents with strollers who again rely on the ability to park closer to the store or business they are visiting.”

And he calls on the council to rethink the situation. “We are asking the Upper Town Councilors and the Chief Executive of Luton Council to reconsider LBC’s decision and retain this vital parking resource on High Town Rd / Brunswick Street. Alternatively, to allocate an appropriate number of spaces to accommodate relocation within the local (High Town Road, Brunswick Street and Back Street) at a distance equal to that of the existing Brunswick Street car park.

A council spokesperson said: “The council is committed to investing in redundant sites across Luton to meet the needs of residents. In High Town in particular, we have recently invested £275,000 in improving street lighting and additional funds to facilitate public realm improvements at the junction of High Town Road and Burr Street.

“The new High Town development supplied by Foxhall Homes on the former Taylor Street car park, will improve the area and provide large family homes, which are rare in Luton. There will be 23 homes for sale between individuals and nine homes for rent affordable..

“As part of our aim to make Luton a carbon neutral city by 2040, we are committed to encouraging the use of local facilities that are easily accessible on foot or by bike and believe this development will benefit retailers across the area as it will bring new buyers to the locality.

“Once the work in progress is complete, there will be 12 spaces for public use, accessible from Brunswick Street and the 27 spaces, accessible via Back Street, for private parking.

“There are other pay and display car parks on Wenlock Street and Hitchin Road within a few minutes walk. There is a full bus service and a mainline rail station less than 0.2 mile away.

“We continue to work and engage with local businesses, not just in the Upper Town but across Luton, to achieve our Luton 2040 goal of having a city where everyone thrives and no one lives in poverty.”

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Paid parking comes into effect at Vail parking structures as Vail Mountain opens Friday

The Town of Vail issued the following press release on Tuesday on starting paid parking at both city lots starting Friday with the opening of Vail Mountain for the 2021-22 ski season:

Paid parking at Vail parking structures and outlying lots will coincide with the start of the 2021-2022 Vail Mountain ski and snowboard season, which is scheduled for Friday, November 12. Parking passes can be purchased in person from 8 a.m. to 4 a.m. 45 pm Monday to Friday on the lower level of the Vail Municipal Building, 75 S. Frontage Road. Bring proof of eligibility as restrictions apply.

The city offers parking pass options that offer significant discounts off standard daily rates. Holders of value cards from the previous season will be able to confirm carry-over balances from the previous winter season and top up the value of their cards using the walk-in payment stations in the Vail Village and Lionshead car parks, by contacting the sales office parking pass at 970. -479-2014 or by going to the office in person. The recertification process has been lifted again this season to take into account public health protocols.

To coincide with the opening of Vail Mountain, Vail Transit has added service to West Vail, Lionsridge Loop, Ford Park and city roads to complete the start of the winter season ahead of the implementation of the schedule. full winter on December 13, which will include West Vail Express. West Vail Frontage Road parking service every 20 minutes via the sandstone interchange during morning rush hours. Passengers must adhere to federal requirements to wear face covers to protect the health and safety of drivers and passengers.

For more information on the sale and description of parking cards, call the parking sales office at 970-479-2104 or visit the city’s website at For more information on bus timetables, call 970-479-2178 or

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248 indoor bicycle parking spaces unveiled today

248 new indoor bicycle parking spaces are now available on the north side.

The locations are Jervis Street Car Park and Q-Park The Spire, and they can provide secure parking for 244 bikes and four spaces for cargo/accessible bikes.

Dublin City Council said it was actively looking for suitable locations on the north side following the opening and success of the Drury Street indoor cycle park, which has space for 300 bikes.

Councilor Christy Burke, Chair of the Traffic and Transportation SPC, said: “I am delighted with this substantial increase in covered and secure bicycle parking facilities in the city. The availability of secure bicycle parking is an influential factor for people who consider cycling as a mode of transportation. Partnerships and initiatives like this are essential if we are to achieve our climate action goals.”

Brendan O’Brien, Dublin City Council Technical (Traffic) Manager, said: “We welcome this significant increase in cycle parking in the city and will continue to seek opportunities to deliver similar initiatives.”

Neil Cunningham, APCOA’s Managing Director for Ireland, said: “This collaboration with Dublin City Council provides safe and secure cycle parking for cyclists looking to access the city center for shopping or leisure purposes. It also provides a wide range of opportunities for the further expansion of APCOA’s urban mobility hubs to provide sustainable solutions and benefits to our customers, customers who use the car parks and local communities.”

Alastair MacDonald, Commercial and Operations Manager at Q-Park Ireland, said: “We are very pleased to be working with Dublin City Council to provide additional cycle parking in such a busy location in Dublin city centre. We know how important it is to have somewhere safe and secure to store the bikes of people returning to the office and into town.”

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Public security concerning the City’s car parks

Public car parks and surveillance cameras in the city center have been out of use for almost two years. City council unanimously approved $ 1.4 million for a new camera system at the October 5 meeting. The police department hopes the cameras will be installed before the end of the year. In the meantime, according to police, further steps are being taken to protect the area.

SoCo parking at 8 a.m. on Saturday.

During the council discussion, Mayor Whitaker said that neither he nor the other council members had ever received an email regarding a camera failure and that if he or his fellow council members had received such a notice , they would have made it a priority.

However, a city public documents request (R000627-091721) requesting emails regarding the cameras showed only one dated February 2020 from Chief of Police Dunn to all council members, City Manager Domer, Antonia Castro-Graham and Ellis Chang, explaining that the cameras had to be put back, replaced. There were no emails responding to Chief Dunn’s email.

Dunn is currently both Chief of Police and IT Manager.

Retirement Observer Editor-in-chief Sharon Kennedy also sent an email on Aug. 25 alerting every member of city council to the lack of surveillance cameras and the serious security concern for any citizen using public parking. Only council member Zahra responded and, in an August 31 email, said it was a priority and was forwarding the email to Chief Dunn for an update.

Fullerton Police Chief Dunn was invited by City Council at the October 5 council meeting to brief the public on the ongoing investigation into JP23, which resident Samantha Velasquez said she believed being drugged and after leaving the bar she was raped and left in the SoCo parking lot. .

“There have been several people who have made similar allegations to those of the original victim [Samantha Velasquez]Said Chief Dunn. “These investigations take months. We want to get all the evidence. The observer was later said by the Fullerton Police Department sergeant. McCaskill that the exact number of victims reported in this case could not be disclosed due to HIPAA regulations.

“Running in harmony with [the assault, drugging, and rape investigations] is the administrative process which is our entertainment license recourse process over which I have control in my office, ”said Chief Dunn. “This process is ongoing. We work through these [steps] now and I think the public will have a little more clarity on the department’s efforts in the criminal vein and the Fullerton Municipal Code (FMC) vein, which governs the entertainment licensing process.

Asked after the first police department remedy hearing for JP23, owner Jacob Poozhikala said one of the first remedies was removing the drink from the fishbowl, which Police Chief Dunn said is easily drugged. Since then, Poozhikala has also removed the tinted glass that limited visibility and installed a small sign in the women’s toilet that tells women how to protect themselves while drinking.

“These problems [over-intoxication and fights] aren’t JP23 issues, they’re all bar issues, ”Poozhikala said.

Observer volunteers visited the downtown nightlife scene and found several apparent Conditional Use Permit (UPC) violations (for which JP23 had previously been cited) occurring at other bars, including charges of customer coverage at Matador and Ziing. Matador had over 100 people lined up at Amerige’s corner, and Revolucion served drinks in fish jars (large enough to intoxicate five people).

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A futuristic look at parking structures

“No Parking” certainly does not need to imply a negative connotation, according to a recent report by JLL who describes four ways parking garages prepare for fewer cars.

Land conversions, parking technology pilots, EV stations and autonomous vehicle hubs are some of the creative and innovative ways to evolve these important elements of commercial real estate.

The rise of VTCs, autonomous vehicles and micro-mobility devices such as electric scooters should lower motorization rates among younger generations.

This, along with the increase in electric vehicle ownership, has caused building owners and architects to think about parking lots and how they will need to adapt.

“The forecasted demand for electric vehicles is increasing,” says Mike Bammel, general manager and national practice manager, Renewable Energy, JLL. “Existing properties may not have the capacity or capabilities to manage it. “

Turn it into a retail space

Parking garages are built for a future where people drive less, which means designing structures that can support the possibility that they can be turned into something else, like a retail space or a theater.

For example, a garage in AvalonBay Communities Inc.’s 475-unit multi-family complex in the Los Angeles Arts District will have higher than average ceilings; flat floors, unlike the sloped foundations found in most parking garages; and the elevators and stairs are in the middle of the structure, not on the perimeter. The project is expected to be completed in 2022, according to JLL.

In Shenzhen, Kohn Pedersen is designing a complex with underground parking lots that could be converted into retail space.

The Cincinnati headquarters of data analytics firm 84.51 ° was designed with three floors of above ground parking that could be converted into offices, JLL also reports.

Technical parking experiments in progress

To prepare the car parks of the future, new technologies must be tested. The current structures are already part of the experiment.

Inside the Detroit Smart Parking Lab, which opened in August, smart mobility and infrastructure companies are testing parking-related mobility, logistics and electric vehicle charging technologies, with help from Michigan state grants.

Enterprise, the rental car company, will test automated valet parking technology that can improve the rental car return process in the Detroit space.

The proliferation of EV charging stations

In 2020, the share of global sales of electric cars increased by 70% to a record 5%, according to the International Energy Agency.

And by some estimates, electricity adoption could increase by 25% per year over the next five years, according to Bammel. There are tax advantages in some areas for building charging stations to meet this demand. AvalonBay has increased the number of electric car charging stations in its buildings in West Hollywood and Hollywood, as have many multi-family owners.

“Coordinating with infrastructure teams to ensure they have the capabilities to execute and deliver sustainability options will be critical to deploying this programming successfully and on time to meet demand,” said Bammel .

In California, tech company EVmatch is installing 120 electric vehicle chargers in apartment complexes with a grant from the California Energy Commission (CEC). The company plans to target properties in poorer communities where residents typically face major barriers to owning and charging electric vehicles.

Autonomous fleets fit into tight compression

Many building owners envision their current car parks as future transport hubs for driverless taxi fleets.

The Kohn Pedersen complex in Shenzhen, for example, has an elevated loop that could be dedicated to autonomous vehicle drop-offs and pick-ups.

A 2018 render from the National Parking Association in the United States shows a garage with stacked parking for autonomous vehicles and separate entry lanes for cars driven by humans. The absence of drivers allows them to squeeze more tightly than typical cars.

“It might sound like a long way off, but it really isn’t,” Bammel says. “Building owners are best prepared to adapt to changes as they occur. “

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Woman wants to turn thousands of parking spaces into small parks after being hit by motorcycle

A north London woman is campaigning to turn thousands of parking spaces in London into mini-parks after being hit by a motorbike.

Activist Brenda Puech is hosting the first-ever ‘People Parking Day’ in London this weekend to encourage people to sit and talk in a parking space on their streets.

The London Parklet Campaign, made up of volunteers, works with the Living Streets London charity and IBikeLondon to encourage Londoners to participate in the activities.

Campaign founder Brenda Puech says she wants “every Londoner, whether they own a car or not, have access to these public spaces”

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She had the idea of ​​reclaiming parking spaces for community use while recovering from a serious collision when she was knocked off her bike by a motorist who turned on a red light.

After being refused permission, she set up a “guerrilla floor” outside her home in London Fields. The “People Parking Bay” was a piece of artificial turf with flowerpots, a bench and a sign that said “You can park on the bay”. It was then withdrawn by the board.

The London Parklet Campaign calls on Sadiq Khan and the district chiefs to allow Londoners to ask to create “parklets” in the streets where they live, with the aim of having a parklet on every street.

Campaign founder Brenda Puech: “I want every Londoner, whether they own a car or not, to have access to these public spaces.

“Not everyone is fortunate enough to have a private garden, so providing social spaces close to people’s homes is essential.

“We can really improve our environment and our well-being if we reclaim these areas as spaces to sit and socialize, and make London the parklet capital of the world. “

Research from the Center for London shows that there are over a million parking spaces in London, occupying more than 3,000 miles of curbside space.
Research from the Center for London shows that there are over a million parking spaces in London, occupying more than 3,000 miles of curbside space.

Pop-up events across the city will take place in empty parking spaces. The best-designed parklet entrance will earn £ 100. Entrants can share their entries using #PeopleParking on Twitter and Instagram.

Parklets are an alternative use of a parking space, allowing people to sit and talk, have lunch or enjoy their leisure time in many ways.

Hailing from San Francisco, they come in all shapes and styles, from functional to flamboyant.

Campaigners want to build on the success of London’s ‘streets’ – parking lot seating to support bars and restaurants during the pandemic.

Proponents of parklets believe they can help fight climate change by greening the urban environment and providing additional stormwater drainage.

Jeremy Leach, President of London Living Streets, said: “Enabling people to create parklets will empower communities, create social alliances and allow people to invest in the streets they live in, with a marginal impact on the number of parking spaces.

“In this time of recovery from Covid and real concerns about climate change, we need to initiate a huge shift from the streets for vehicles to the streets for people. “

Beatriz Puerta, who runs Humdingers Catering in Hoxton, said: We want a place where families can eat together when they come to our soup kitchen.

“Having a park outside our cafe would create a community identity and would be a lush green garden addition to the streets of Hoxton. “

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Despite their popularity, the approval of “community parks” is a “bureaucratic nightmare” according to activists. There is no process in any London borough.

And residents are required to carry a massive liability insurance policy (offered up to £ 10million in one London borough) – for setting up a bench and table on the street.

Speaking of the ‘People Parking Bay’ she created in Hackney, Brenda continued, “People used Parking Bay as a rest stop on their way home from shopping or cycling; mothers used it to feed their babies; the inhabitants watered the plants. A couple had their first date there.

“You would see complete strangers smile and talk to each other. The response from residents has been surprisingly positive. At first, I found feedback on scraps of paper taped to the bay, so I decided to leave a guestbook on the table. Five books filled in four weeks!

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The parklet was removed by council, despite Brenda’s efforts to apply for a residential parking permit and lobbying from councilors in Hackney and Tower Hamlets.

A map being developed by the campaign will celebrate existing car parks and activities planned for People’s Parking Day, with the goal that the councils will enable local groups to install one on every residential street in the capital.

Motorization rates are much lower in London than in the rest of the country. In central London, almost two-thirds of households (61%) do not have access to their own car and cannot use these public spaces to socialize or play with their family.

In the capital, nearly half (46%) of households do not have access to a car. Islington has the lowest car ownership rate, at 26%, according to figures released by Transport for London.

Research from the Center for London shows that there are over a million parking spaces in London, occupying more than 3,000 miles of curbside space.

That’s roughly the distance between UK and US across the Atlantic Ocean. The average car in London is parked 95 percent of the time (that is, more than 23 hours per day).

Forty-three percent of cars are parked on the street, occupying the equivalent of 10 Hyde Parks.

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Single permit in Abu Dhabi to access all multi-storey car parks

Multi-storey car park subscribers can now use the seven multi-storey car parks in Abu Dhabi City, without having to pay a separate fee for each facility.

The decision was announced Monday by the Integrated Transport Center (ITC) of the Ministry of Municipalities and Transport in Abu Dhabi.

The subscription fees for the use of multi-storey car parks are 1,369 Dhs for 3 months, 2,738 Dhs for six months and 5,475 Dhs for the whole year.

The multi-storey parking spaces are located at the following points: Parking building n ° 1 in the East sectors 1-3, and Parking building n ° 3 in the East sector 5, Parking building n ° 4 in the East sector 8, Parking Building # 5 in East Sector 2-3, Parking Building # 6 in East Sector 6, Parking Building # 7 in East Sector 6 and Parking Building # 8 in East Sector 11 .

The total number of parking spaces available in the seven multi-storey car parks on Abu Dhabi Island is now 3,788. Of these, 31 spaces are specifically dedicated to determined persons and 182 are reserved for female drivers. The car parks also include 16 parking spaces for recharging hybrid vehicles.

ITC said the decision to introduce a single subscription card to access all multi-storey car parks was intended to encourage the public to use these facilities and avoid congestion in surface parking areas.

Each subscriber to upper-level car parks will receive a magnetic subscription card to be used at entry and exit barriers.

The system also has a license plate reading camera that identifies subscriber information, allowing easy access to the facility.

Subscriptions can be applied through ITC’s website or by visiting its Customer Satisfaction Center located in Abu Dhabi Municipality, or Abu Dhabi Government Service Centers – TAMM. Applicants are required to provide their Emirates ID card and vehicle owner card, as well as the granted subscription card immediately after providing the documents and paying the fee.

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UToledo speeds up parking lot demolition after Florida collapse

TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) – The University of Toledo is accelerating plans to demolish its parking lots in response to the nationwide conversation within concrete structures following the tragedy of the Surfside Condominium collapse in Florida and recent inspections for annual repairs.

The east and west ramp garages were due to be demolished next year, but demolition is now taking place this summer on garages built in 1976.

On its website, the administration explains that with all car parks, damage caused by de-icing salts, snow removal, winter freezes and exposure to the sun and water affects the life of the structures.

In a statement posted on the university’s website, Jason Toth, senior associate vice president for administration, said, “Garage degradation continues at an accelerated rate compared to what we have seen in recent years. and for the safety of our community on campus, we had to go up our timeline to eliminate them.

As a precaution, the two parking structures will henceforth be replaced by land with paved surfaces. A nonprofit called SP +, from Chicago, will also take over day-to-day operations. The university is expected to spend $ 9 million demolishing the east and west garages, as well as paving, tripping, resurfacing and repairs over the next few years.

“Despite our best efforts to extend the structural integrity of garages, they have reached the end of their useful life. … we are convinced that these short-term drawbacks are necessary for the positive long-term impacts on the University, ”Toth said.

“I never really used the parking garages so it’s not too bad for me. I don’t know a lot of people who use the parking lots, but I’m sure for safety it’s a good idea, ”says Toledo student Molly Ryan.

“I mean, if they wanted to demolish it anyway and it protects everyone, then yeah, I think that’s a good idea,” says Amid Gahadrad, a junior at Toledo.

909 spaces in the east ramp and 750 spaces in the west ramp will be eliminated, but once the garages are removed there will still be over 6,700 parking spaces on the main campus and 4,400 spaces on the health sciences campus . The university says it will also factor in forecasted parking demands based on enrollment and employment trends, it expects to have excess parking spaces.

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Copenhagen cuts parking spaces in city-center trial

June 14, 2021

by Christophe Carey

Copenhagen pedestrians and cyclists will have priority over cars on five historic downtown streets, as part of a pilot project to transform the medieval district of the Danish capital.

The parking spaces will be replaced by trees and benches during the experiments, which will run until the end of September.

The projects stem from a number of recommendations that a citizens’ assembly presented to city council in 2019 and which the mayor of technology and environment, Ninna Hedeager Olsen, also supported.

“It has long been a great wish for me and many residents of Copenhagen to keep as many cars as possible away from the streets of the medieval city, where the narrow streets and comfortable squares are not suitable for cars.

“By reducing car traffic to what is strictly necessary, we can create a much more attractive neighborhood. With the experiences, this will become concrete, and I look forward to becoming wiser about how we can make life and travel in the medieval city more pleasant.

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A total of 66 parking spaces will be removed during the trial period, with motorists encouraged to use the surrounding car parks.

Throughout the project, the municipality will collect data and work with residents, businesses and visitors to the area to learn how to incorporate the results into future planning.

The five projects will explore different outcomes based on the characteristics of each street, with roads marked to indicate pedestrian priority.

  • Vestergade: This essay focuses on nightlife and behavior. It will study how the design of urban space can help prevent and limit noise from nightlife and cars in collaboration with the police, the Culture and Leisure Administration and local pubs. Up to 13 parking spaces will be closed during the trial period.
  • Skindergade: Examines how to balance pedestrians, bicycles and cars with commercial and non-commercial use of urban space, with 13 parking spaces to close.
  • Dyrkûb: Investigate the possibility of using trees and temporary benches to create a sense of tranquility in Cathedral Square, with 19 closed parking spaces during the trial period.
  • Klosterstrde – Hyskenstrde: Examines how to manage the space between pedestrians, cyclists and goods delivery vehicles in a very narrow urban space while engaging with residents on the creation of a temporary green space. Twelve parking spaces will be closed during the trial.
  • Lille Kongensgade – Kirkestræde store. Tests the operation of a priority pedestrian street with limited driving, with biking and car use by authorized residents as well as transporting goods at certain times. Nine parking spaces will be closed during the trial period.

“I hope that many will engage in the dialogue and provide their perspective on what works and what does not. The experiments are aimed precisely at making us aware of how car traffic and the number of parking spaces can be reduced in order to create good development for the medieval town, ”said Hedeager Olsen.

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Cut in the looms of Auckland public parking spaces


Short-term parking in the CBD is expected to become more expensive, with the expected loss of half of Auckland Transport’s subsidized parking spaces.

On-street parking in central Auckland has been cut by more than half, and plans to keep some short-term parking lots subsidized by the City Council in the redevelopment of the downtown parking lot site are also underway. doubt.

The issue highlights tensions between a council that seeks to promote public transport and make the CBD pedestrian and bike-friendly, and the city’s businesses wanting to preserve easy access for shoppers and diners.

The council-owned downtown parking lot has 1,148 short-term parks, but its redevelopment is planned with the intention of selling it and turning its lower floors into a bus station with a new building at the top.

Auckland Transport’s plan presented to the council’s planning committee calls for retaining between 400 and 600 of the cheapest occasional parking spaces, which it says are intended to support the economic and cultural dynamism of the city center.

However, some councilors are concerned that maintaining short-term parking will run counter to council’s commitment to move away from supporting private vehicles.

Planning documents such as the City Center Masterplan’s Access 4 Everyone transport strategy call for limits on motorized traffic in the CBD and a transition to walking, cycling and public transport.

“My personal view is that maintaining parking lots for single occupant vehicles, even if it is for a short stay, is incompatible with the Masterplan and Access 4 Everyone,” said Councilor Chris Darby, Chairman of the planning committee that heard Auckland Transport’s proposal.

Darby says he finds it hard to see the case for the council offering discounted parking in the CBD when many private companies are already doing so.

“It comes at a cost to Aucklanders,” he said. “Strategically, it is incompatible with these planning documents.”

Waitematā advisor Pippa Coom says she wants to see more information from Auckland Transport showing exactly how her plan matches the board’s emissions targets and budget.

“It’s not about preventing people from entering the city,” she said.

“The question is: is it in the interest of the taxpayer to subsidize parking on prime real estate? “

The proposal is the latest in a long period of council-backed parking abandonment in the CBD.

Auckland Transport’s on-street parking in the city center has grown from 5,000 to 2,460 spaces over the past decade. Meanwhile, the price of longer-term suburban parking has more than doubled over this period to a high of $ 40 per day.

In a statement to Newsroom, Auckland Transport said the loss of downtown parking space would not have a huge impact on businesses.

“AT is not the main provider of car parks in central Auckland. Currently the Downtown car park has 1944 spaces…. less than 4% of city parking.

However, the Heart of the City Downtown Business Association says the loss of Auckland Transport’s cheaper parking spots could result in a loss for local businesses as shoppers choose to go elsewhere.

“These parks are vital for people who come to shop and have fun,” said Heart of the City Executive Director Viv Beck. “It’s more affordable and it makes the place more accessible. Not everyone has access to public transport yet.

Auckland Transport data shows that most people use short-term parking in the city for business, shopping and entertainment. A recent survey suggests that 75 percent of the people parked in the downtown building during off-peak hours were there for entertainment, dining, or shopping.

However, Auckland Transport’s advice suggests that maintaining short-term parking in the building will also continue to attract cars to the area, going against the council’s plans to encourage people to use public transport. common.

The loss of parking lots in the downtown building, along with the removal of on-street parking in favor of walking and cycling, will likely result in higher overall costs for people driving in the downtown area. While some shifts to public transport are likely, Auckland Transport says there is also a risk that people will choose to go elsewhere for shopping and entertainment.

However Coom is not convinced.

“They have to be upfront about what they want,” she said. “If they want income from parking, they have to say it instead of hiding behind it, talk about the commercial and cultural dynamism of the downtown area.”

Another option is to leave the parking lot to the developer who decides to buy the site. This is the option preferred by Coom and Darby.

“Nothing prevents the successful tenderer from providing parking if necessary,” says Darby.

While a decision has yet to be made, Darby doubts the board will force the successful bidder to provide short-term parking as part of a potential deal. Instead, he expects to ask the company to provide parking, micro-freight and cycling infrastructure.

The matter could be settled at a meeting of the planning committee in June.

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Watch: New open space that includes parking lots inaugurated in Dingli

A new open space which is also equipped with parking lots has been inaugurated in Dingli.

The open space is located near the grounds of Dingli Swallows FC and has received an investment of around € 600,000. The work was carried out by the Public Works Department.

The project, which is located on land in Triq Ġużè Ellul Mercer, Triq il-Mediterran, Triq Carmelo Buġeja and Triq Pawlu Ebejer, has an area of ​​2,000 square meters.

Infrastructure Minister Ian Borg explained that € 120,000 has been used in the construction of a large reservoir for water storage which will be used to water the trees around the locality.

The car park has a total of 25 car parks, some of which also have electric charging stations for electric vehicles.

“It is a government in favor of green infrastructure and therefore, from abandoned land, we have transformed it into an accessible garden, with native trees and plants, gym equipment and a bus shelter for bus passengers. also.

We also saw that this space should be accessible by ramps and paving materials specially designed for people with disabilities, ”said Borg.

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How many parking spaces are there in downtown Gainesville? This number increases

“In the Main Street parking deck, most parking spaces are located within walking distance of visitor destinations,” Santee said. “Unfortunately, the city recognizes that visitors often prefer to park just outside their destination instead of using the car parks, although this is much quicker than driving around the square looking for a square.”

According to the city’s Unified Land Development Code, off-street parking requirements are determined by the existing use of the site, such as residential or retail, with the exception of properties that are zoned Central Business, which includes all of downtown Gainesville.

“For these properties, there are no off-street parking requirements,” Santee said. “As a result, parking is provided either on the street or in one of the existing free parking platforms. »

For disabled residents like Susan Greenway, who has multiple sclerosis, it can be difficult to find suitable parking spots downtown.

“I go around the plaza four times, about 5 minutes, looking for a parking space, then I usually leave,” Greenway said. “There are disabled parking spaces on Main Street, Washington Street and Spring Street. I’m not good with distance, but I’d say around 100 feet.

In a previous interview in March, Santee told The Times that the city plans to add five handicap-accessible parking spaces as part of the ongoing downtown streetscape improvement project that began in August.

The project will provide ADA-compliant parking spaces on Bradford Street (between Brenau Avenue and Washington Street), two on Green Street (one at the corner of Washington Street and the other adjacent to the former Regions Building), one on Spring Street (near its intersection with Bradford Street) and one on Washington Street (adjacent to SunTrust).

Georgia code requires that for a parking structure between 300 and 401 spaces, at least eight handicapped spaces are required.

Downtown Gainesville is set to undergo a massive facelift in the next few years as megaprojects such as Gainesville Renaissance, The National and Solis Gainesville projects are either underway or set to break ground in the coming months.

Gainesville Renaissance will include a private pedestrian bridge that connects to the existing Gainesville parking deck.

The National project will provide approximately 100 residential units and provide underground parking for its tenants and visitors.

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Monaco and its coveted car parks

Car parks and parking spaces have long been a hot topic of discussion in Monaco. Waiting lists are long and some residents have to wait years to finally get one of the coveted spots. At the same time, the Prince’s Government encourages the use of public transport and other modes of transport that respect the environment.

In Monaco, there are 17,000 public parking spaces, but with the increase in demand for spaces from residents, the authorities are finding it increasingly difficult to meet everyone’s needs. Indeed, the Public Parkings Office currently has 6,000 requests from residents on its waiting list.

“Every month, I write to the parking department to inquire about my request and they tell me that they are currently processing requests for 2016”, explains Corinne, a 60-year-old resident who desperately needs a place to park her. . auto. “I managed to get a card that I top up as I go, but the daily parking fee is costing me so much money with the current parking rates.”

Parking somewhere for several days is still very delicate in Monaco and it is practically illegal in France

More than 6,000 requests put on the waiting list

“I think Monaco Car Parks or the town hall should make sure that each apartment has at least one parking space, if they are in a building that does not have a garage or private parking”, explains Riccardo , 40 years. -olders with heart failure. “I am in no way a priority because of my health problems,” explains the local who always tries to obtain his own parking space. For now, he has decided to rent a box in France, more than four kilometers from his home, as well as to sell one of his three cars. “Parking somewhere for several days is still very delicate in Monaco and it is practically illegal in France… my car was impounded even though I had only parked it for a few days in a car park in Cap d’Ail.

It is important to find the balance between equity and the general interest

The issue of cars left in public parking lots for long periods of time

In Monaco, some vehicles are parked for long periods and others cannot use these spaces. The Principality is currently trying to solve the problem of vehicles, whose owners seem to have permanently “reserved” a few parking spaces. At present, almost 400 vehicles fall into this category.

Earlier this year, the Prince’s Government wanted to make this case an offense punishable by a fine of 60 euros, but finally decided that such a measure would not be applied. “I hope that a constructive dialogue can be established”, declares Marie-Pierre Gramaglia, Minister of Equipment, Environment and Town Planning, explaining her desire to reassess the measure. “It is important to find the balance between equity and the general interest.

>> READ ALSO: The Citymapper application officially covers all of Monaco

Use your car, but no more than 15 times!

In Monaco, people who do not use their car more than 15 times a month benefit from a reduction of 10 euros on their monthly bill. However, with reward programs and sanctions being used at the same time, sometimes drivers got a bit lost and took to social media with their reviews. “I have seen these comments and received letters from drivers expressing their incomprehension”, says Marie-Pierre Gramaglia, before recalling that “using your car all the time cannot be the only option for getting around: Government policies continue to strongly favor the use of public transport and promote soft mobility, in particular walking, which is facilitated by a large network of mechanical installations and the development of the Monabike bicycle service.

>> READ ALSO: Sustainable travel in Monaco: welcoming the new Monabike

“Living in Monaco without a car is very easy, but in my opinion it is essential to have one for shopping, going to appointments outside the Principality, as well as for all other emergencies”, explains a man from 49 years. elderly resident, who has a gasoline-powered car and is patiently waiting for her own parking space. She has been on the waiting list as an employee in Monaco for seven years, and for three years as a resident. “I thought that the government’s desire to make people pay more for a place, if they did not use their vehicle at least once a month, was very fair, but after negative responses from certain selfish people, the measure no has never been introduced, which is a great shame.

Some residents, like Gianfranco, are investing in hybrid vehicles, which are more respectful of the environment. “I asked the Monaco Public Parking if it was possible for me to have a place, because I could not charge my electric car at home and the other charging points were far from my home. Grianfranco had no choice but to fill his car with gasoline: “it’s a shame that the Principality supports eco-responsible initiatives, but the inhabitants of here cannot always take advantage of them.

>> READ ALSO: Monaco launches purchasing aid for electric and hybrid vehicles

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New 364-space municipal parking lot expected to be completed before Thanksgiving | Local News

Crews continue to work on the construction of a new five-story parking structure east of the city post office on Eighth Avenue between 56th and 57th streets that is expected to be completed before Thanksgiving.

“This project, although we have discovered some unforeseen conditions at the site, we still expect the structure to be complete by November 19, with final closure by the end of December,” said Brian Cater, MP city ​​audience. director of works, said Monday at the meeting of the public works committee.

Cater said workers discovered footings from old buildings they hadn’t anticipated when groundbreaking this spring.

“So we had to work around those issues, which the contractor, the design team and the construction team did,” he said.

Cater said crews also found an underground storage tank during excavation that they were previously unaware of.

“We had it removed. It turned out there was just water in it. It took a little extra effort,” he said.

He said the precast “limbs,” or concrete for the structure, are expected to start going up on July 20, in line with the original construction schedule.

Aldus. David Bogdala wondered if the overall cost projections would be affected by unforeseen items excavated and removed from the site earlier.

“We are still working on the foundations. Our foundation is not fully integrated, so we don’t have any end cost or additional cost with that,” Cater said. “We always expect everything to fall under the contingency we have on the project.”

The $8 million garage, which is being built by JH Findorff & Sons, was approved by city council on January 22. When completed, it will have 364 parking spaces and will include free public parking, as well as rented stalls. This is one of three car parks planned for the city centre.

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Saginaw County Considering Closed Parking Structures, Launches Meters To Raise More Money

SAGINAW, MI – Saginaw County leaders are considering ditching parking meters and adding closed parking structures to generate more revenue.

On Tuesday, May 12, Saginaw County Executive Committee members approved plans to install closed parking systems at metered parking lots on Cass Street and Court Street.

Over the years, the county has experienced a decline in meter revenues. At one point, the counters brought in $ 83,000 a year and, more recently, annual revenues were $ 73,000, a loss of nearly $ 10,000 over the years, according to a document submitted to the committee.

To generate more revenue, parking fees will be increased, according to Saginaw County maintenance manager Bernard Delaney Jr.

First-hour customers would be charged 50 cents, then $ 1.50 for each additional hour. Currently, the meter charges 50 cents per hour. A full day of parking will cost $ 11 in the new system. There are 166 meters between the two lots. Delaney estimates that the new system will bring in around $ 100,000 per year.

The meters would be replaced with closed parking structures. Customers will be greeted with a door to enter and a door to exit the car parks. They will be issued a ticket to park in the car park and upon leaving, the customer can pay by phone, credit card, cash or token. A payment kiosk will also be available inside the Saginaw County Government Center for those who wish to pay inside. They would then receive a parking validation ticket to use at the exit, according to Delaney.

“The current system we have is outdated,” Delaney said.

He added that at one point 12 meters broke down and could not collect any money.

Commissioner Cheryl Hadsall asked if there would be someone to help clients use the new system.

Delaney responded that there would be remote microphones built into the system that would connect users to someone inside the Saginaw County Government Center to help them resolve any issues.

The cost of the system and its installation would be $ 155,000 and eliminate the parking attendant position. The parking attendant walks the lots checking the meters every hour, fixes broken meters and collects money weekly with the Sheriff’s Assistant.

Some meters will be scrapped, while others will be posted on eBay, Delaney said.

The proposed plan will be the subject of a final vote at the Council of Commissioners meeting scheduled for Tuesday 19 May.

Delaney said if the plans are approved, work on both lots will begin in July.

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Redesigned parking lots in post-COVID-19 Atlanta

By Maxine Hicks and Andrew Much, DLA Piper

The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) crisis has profoundly impacted the way we will work, shop and choose to travel by car in the years to come. For example, most of us have now learned to telecommute effectively and have become adept at using home video conferencing. These changes in the way we work and live will have a fundamental impact on Atlanta’s real estate market and will accelerate trends already underway for a reduced need for parking spaces in the city’s core market areas. This article examines the adaptive reuse of parking spaces as the demand for such spaces declines and the trend toward vacant parking spaces accelerates.

The United States has up to two billion parking spaces for approximately 250 million cars. Donald Shoup, a professor in the Department of Urban Planning at UCLA, notes that the total area of ​​parking per car in the United States is now greater than the area of ​​housing per person. Many of these spaces are less likely to be used in the future due to work-from-home trends, e-commerce, increasing urbanization, and the recessionary economic conditions which may make it more difficult for individuals to own, operate and pay to park their vehicle. A number of malls and big-box retailers have already closed or have been significantly affected by changing shopping habits. Planned closures of existing retail, restaurant and hospitality facilities due to current conditions in the coming months are expected to result in additional buildings and associated parking facilities being available for redevelopment. Additionally, ride-sharing services have reduced levels of private car ownership, and a future transition to self-driving vehicles will significantly add to an additional surplus of long-term parking spaces.

Historically, city zoning codes required a minimum number of parking spaces based on property use, contributing to the current parking glut. Atlanta’s zoning code was recently amended to address this issue by limiting (or outright eliminating in some cases) the minimum number of parking spaces and/or instituting parking maximums for certain uses or districts. zoning. The City is also considering parking fees to encourage downtown development and generate revenue for needed infrastructure improvements.

Structured parking lots are generally unsightly and impede urban walking. Such facilities are extremely expensive to develop and maintain, which in some cases can consume up to a third of the total construction costs of the project. Relaxed parking requirements and other regulatory innovations will lead to lower project costs (making future affordable housing projects more economically viable), foster opportunities for innovative project designs, establish more pleasant streetscapes walkable and aesthetic and will create increasingly valuable redevelopment opportunities for developers by converting underutilized housing. spaces to more productive uses.

Parking technologies are already being used to maximize the efficient use of existing facilities, including digital technologies to enable dynamic pricing and the use of sensors and data analytics. Mixed-use projects requiring parking lots use some of these technologies to establish flexible, shared parking regimes. For example, we have already seen car parks developed or otherwise used for sports venues that are not only used for home games, but also serve the needs of nearby retail customers, office tenants and retail tenants. apartments. Such arrangements usually require the thoughtful collaboration of developers, design and engineering teams, as well as lawyers to memorize the arrangement well.

Communities are increasingly converting underutilized parking facilities into valuable assets. Public-private partnerships have succeeded in redeveloping parking lots into complete mixed-use projects such as City Springs in Sandy Springs, much of which has been developed on the former location of a surface parking lot.

Innovative parking projects are underway nationally and internationally, including projects using a flexible design for new terraces through the use of flat floors, higher ceilings and exterior ramps to facilitate their later conversion into usable rental space and the reuse of existing underground garages as “last mile” logistics facilities.

The creative and adaptive reuse of parking lots will remain a key goal for developers and building owners in the years to come. The key for all investors is to stay ahead of these trends and be well positioned for incremental changes as demand for parking spaces declines. There are many opportunities for Atlanta to become a national leader in developing these innovative solutions.


Maxine Hicks is location manager for DLA Piper’s real estate practice and global co-chair of infrastructure, construction and transportation. She focuses her practice on real estate development with particular emphasis on large mixed-use and transit-oriented developments, including destinations for stadium, entertainment, hospitality, club and center projects. resort. She is a long-time member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and a member of ULI’s Community Development Council.

Andrew Much is a lawyer with DLA Piper and focuses his practice on commercial real estate transactions, with an emphasis on the development, acquisition, disposition, leasing, management and financing of complex mixed-use developments, communities planned, transit-oriented, stadium, hospitality, golf, marina, club and resort developments across North America. He is also a member of the Urban Land Institute.

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The population of the CPP remains greater than the available parking spaces

Finding a parking spot on campus again poses problems for students as the spring semester begins. Cal Poly Pomona students struggle daily to find a spot due to the limited number of parking spaces available on campus.

According to the CPP website, there are just over 26,000 students and 2,000 faculty and staff. The CPP offers several different parking lots, with a total of over 14,000 parking spaces, as The Poly Post previously reported in Issue 1 (September 10, 2019). This is a major drawback given that only 9,000 of these spaces are general student parking spaces, while the rest are reserved for faculty, staff, students with disabilities, and residents. Obviously, there is not enough space for everyone.

Mary Zaarour, a fourth-year psychology student, explains how she has struggled to park since transferring to CPP in the fall of 2018, Zaarour said. “I have to come hours before my class starts just to find a place to park. I was even late for classes a few times due to the lack of available places.

The car parks generally fill up between 7:30 and 10:00 on weekdays.
(Carla Ghafari | The Poly Post)

According to the CPP website, peak times to arrive on campus are Monday through Thursday between 7:30 a.m. and 10 a.m.

Parking Structure 1, located east of Voorhis Alumni Park and west of Police and Parking Services (Building 109), and Parking Structure 2, which is southeast of the school iPoly secondary, are the two most popular places to park at the CPP. Parking Structure 1 has approximately 2,200 spaces, while Parking Structure 2 has approximately 1,600.

Zaarour is not the only one to arrive late to class because of the parking problem. Lilly Lopez, a fourth-year finance student experienced similar challenges. “I feel like there should be more parking structures. I was late not only to some classes but also to exams because of the parking lot,” Lopez said. Like Zaarour and Lopez, many students are frustrated by this situation and hope that additional parking lots or structures will be built to eliminate this complication.

“We haven’t received any complaints about the lack of parking space,” a representative from Parking & Transportation Services said. “We have two overflow lots, as well as a lot on Corporate Center Drive with shuttles running almost every 15 minutes.”

Parking and Transportation Services strongly recommends that students use the two additional lots to avoid traveling by car. The Bronco Shuttle has five routes, AE, all operating during class hours to help students get to campus from overflow lots. For a complete list of Bronco Shuttle times and routes, visit

As stated on the CPP website, hundreds of new students are admitted to CPP each year. With a greater demand for parking spaces, campus police usually try to help students direct traffic in the morning, Monday through Thursday.

As the semester progressed and the first few weeks passed, the traffic on campus decreased slightly; however, finding parking remains a daily struggle for students.

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No Backing Up in Allentown Parking Spots: Readers don’t like the new policy — a lot. ‘It’s ridiculous’

Readers had a lot to say about the Allentown Parking Authority issue $35 tickets to customers returning to city bridge and surface lot parking spots.

The move has blinded some motorists who argue that exiting a parking spot is safer and more efficient, especially in heavy traffic after hockey games and other events at the PPL Center.

City parking enforcement officers have started using license plate recognition equipment. Since Pennsylvania does not require motorists to mount license plates on the front of vehicles, officers cannot scan the plates of vehicles backing into parking spaces.

Here are some of the best Facebook comments:

‘Good way to make you feel welcome’

“When you get back the police can’t scan your plates for us offenders – hence the ticket! Good way to make you feel welcome and comfortable in the town of Allentown.”

The Strata Symphony garage is a challenge

“Having had the opportunity to discuss this issue with a member of the APA Board of Directors, I understand that license plate scanning technology has certain advantages and advantages. That said, I invite the Board APA directors to come to the Strata Symphony garage to try to get into some of the spaces.

“I have a small car and it still requires several sequences of pulling forward and backing up to avoid hitting surrounding columns or vehicles. Also, it’s almost impossible to see when backing up a space so that one is parked next to an SUV or other large vehicle That doesn’t even take into account the mess and safety challenges this policy creates for those leaving crowded garages after an arena event.

Endangering pedestrian safety

“They are endangering the safety of all pedestrians walking towards their vehicles. 5,000 people go out at the same time vs. arrive at different times. Which would you prefer to return to? Preparing for a trial when someone is hit.

A policy no one wants

“Looks like they wasted $30,000 on license plate scanning technology that they didn’t actually need and now have to enforce a policy that no one actually wants.”

People will reconsider their visit

“There are town planning, commercial and development rules. Allentown could be a case study in what happens when you break them all. Parking is one of the first impressions of a site. It should be simple, practical and affordable. The experience must be good.

“People remember parking tickets and will reconsider visiting next time.”

Backtracking after the events will take “all night”

“If you can’t back up, you’ll be sitting there all night trying to back up while all the cars are lined up behind you. Absurd.”

It’s my right to park as I want

“It’s ridiculous. They have no right to tell people that they can’t back their cars to a place.

“If I want to waste everyone’s time by backing a big truck into a small parking spot, it’s my right as an American to do so!”

“Does everything absolutely have to be regulated?

It’s safer to get out of a place

“Tell me why it’s safer for me to try to get out of a place where I can’t see if there’s anything, than to come back when I know there’s nothing behind it me – and I can see what happens when I step back.”

“So it’s safer to back out of your spot, where people might be walking or where you can’t see a car coming?”

No problem in Bethlehem

“You can park as you want in Bethlehem”

Are you heading in the wrong direction?

“Most car parks have sloping parking. If you’re backing up, you’re actually facing the wrong direction to go.

“Just learn to back off better”

“Just learn how to back off better. With most cars equipped with rear cameras, there’s no excuse. I’m sick of traffic backing up and almost getting hit when these maniacs come back to their places.

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CAME technological car parks installed in Marina Di Stabia

CAME Parkare, a CAME group company specializing in the design of advanced parking management systems, has created the new parking area for the prestigious Yacht Club of Castellamare di Stabia.

A top of the range PKE system, with a capacity of 760 cars, made up of six access points with Gard 4 barriers and associated entry and exit units and three automatic cashiers, which offers personalized management of different types of users, including marina subscribers, occasional visitors and professionals.

The Yacht Club, pride of Marina di Stabia, was designed by architect Massimiliano Fuksas and has a restaurant, café, swimming pool and a few conference rooms. A panoramic terrace overlooks the sea allowing a view of the beauties of the Neapolitan city, ranging from the protected marine area of ​​Punta Campanella to Capri, from Ischia to Vesuvius, all at a glance.

The CAME PKE parking system simplifies and speeds up the entry and exit of users from the Marina di Stabia car parks, thus improving the user parking experience. In the region, innovative and “intelligent” solutions have been implemented, such as the license plate recognition with OCR and the use of UHF TAG antenna, an adhesive label that can be easily stuck on the windshield of the vehicle which allows dynamic entry into the parking lot. In addition, the system is suitable for possible future integrations with Telepasses.

Entrance and exit lane of an outdoor car park, with palm trees, yellow and black chevron edging and payment machines Entrance and exit lane of an outdoor parking lot with a kiosk to the left and palm trees and mountain views in the background White and blue parking kiosk with yachts, mountains, ocean and palm trees in the background

The car park was designed by the engineering department of CAME, which also offers technical and advanced support real-time remote assistance. The PKE system guarantees low maintenance and requires less staff to parking monitoring, which can therefore be used for other tasks. The parking system was installed in a short time, but in two distinct phases, so as to ensure access to the structure by yacht club clients and the continuity of services.

The Marina di Stabia nautical tourism facility was built inside the Gulf of Naples in an abandoned industrial area, once occupied by Cantieri Metallurgici Italiani. The project is the result of a redevelopment plan that included the construction of the marina, a shipyard and a dry warehouse, as well as commercial and industrial buildings, restaurants, sports facilities and areas of ‘exposure. The shipyard covers a total area of ​​60,000 square meters, positioning itself as one of the largest marinas in Europe, an icon of renewal for southern Italy.

About CAME Parkare

CAME parkaCAME – Parkare is a company of the CAME group. We are leaders in the automation, control, management and distribution of equipment for car parks (on roads) and parking meters (off roads). We also perform maintenance on all our machines and systems with our customer service.

At CAME – Parkare our main asset is the satisfaction of all our customers. As a service company (almost 50%), we constantly aim to provide quality solutions to our customers.

Our value chain contains concepts such as Study Feasibility, Development & Engineering, Manufacturing, Installation and After Sales Service. As a result, we can offer tailor-made solutions to our customers.

CAME – Parkare is a new concept, stronger than ever and present in 118 countries.

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The town of Wheeling resumes its parking lots


WHEELING, W.Va. (WTRF) – For at least 20 years, the Town of Wheeling has contracted out the operation of its parking lots.

However, this deal with Anthony Wayne Oil Company ends Monday night at 11.59pm.

From Tuesday, the city will operate its own facilities.

Three parking lots and six surface lots will be taken over and managed by employees of the Town of Wheeling.

When we started looking at automation several months ago, we found some things that were worrying us, and we put all of that together and kind of looked at where we were at. And under the administrative code, the general manager has the power to effect the management change in accordance with the authority, and I decided to do so.

Bob Herron, City Manager of Wheeling

Bob Herron says the city will run it for several weeks or months before making a recommendation to council as to whether the city should continue to manage the facilities or hire an outside agency to manage them.

Anyone interested in temporary part-time jobs in one of these car parks can apply to Wheeling’s human resources department.

The three parking garages are the intermodal center, the tenth street garage and the center haulage garage.

The above ground lots are on 9th Street, Market Street, behind the Sims Tower, behind the WesBanco Arena and on 22nd Street.

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REEF Technology provides versatile hubs for car parks

MIAMI-REEF Technology has announced a plan to transform parking lots and garages across the United States into versatile hubs. These hubs, located in the car parks, will be populated by companies from the REEF hub ecosystem, including Uber, DoorDash, GetAround and Nuro, and will offer services such as bicycle and electric scooter rental companies, on-demand aviation and peer-to-peer car rental.

The objective is to “perpetuate” the parking structures while meeting the needs of the city, according to REEF Technology.

Another offering in the hubs will be REEF KITCHENS, which has launched operations in London and Miami in response to growing demand for food delivery. REEF KITCHENS partners with local restaurants to provide faster delivery, with each kitchen center accommodating one to five restaurant brands. Restaurants can manage their operations directly or through REEF contract staff. Several hundred additional operational kitchens are expected to open in North America and the UK.

The company is also in talks with micro distribution centers.

REEF technology, formerly known as ParkJockey Global, is currently the largest parking network in North America with more than 4,500 locations. Backed by SoftBank Vision Fund and Mubadala Investment Co., the company has a network of smart parking real estate.

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Lots to love about the new parking spots app

With the new Parking spaces application.

Developed by Web Services, the Parking Spaces application indicates the number of spaces available in the car parks of the North, South and East campuses and on the Riverside A and B lots. The free application, which is currently only available on the platform. -Apple iOS form, includes directions, hours of operation and accessibility information for each location.

Parking Spaces replaces the University’s Garage Spaces application, released in 2016 for the North and South car parks.

The availability of on-campus parking is monitored by the university’s UCard, Access and Parking Services (UCAPS) office based on data collected as vehicles enter and exit through garage and lot gates. Recent infrastructure upgrades for the East Garage and Riverside Lots have made it possible to include their door data in the app.

“Adding this information to the app allows people going to campus to plan their trip and reduce the time spent looking for parking spaces, which ultimately reduces our carbon footprint,” says Jon Victorine, Director of UCAPS and Security Technology.

The new app allows users to customize the bundles they see on their phone. As with the previous version, it also includes an audio option that “talks” about the number of spaces available.

Victorine says that the inclusion of the Riverside lots, which are widely used by suburban students, gives UCAPS a more holistic view of parking availability on the north campus.

“And the East Garage is used by a lot of our community for events, so it’s invaluable for us to have action on it,” he says.

According to Web Services Executive Director Gerry Nelson, iOS accounted for 72% of users of the previous app, which was downloaded over 1,000 times on iPhones.

Sam Diep of Web Services programmed the new app (along with the previous version), while senior web designer Ferney Lopez and front-end developer Allen Williamson were responsible for the design.

“We are very happy with what web services have developed in terms of usability and updated interface,” says Victorine, who hopes to see the Broadway / Riverview lot on the south campus added to the Parking Spaces app later. .

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UF campus to lose 600 parking spaces as construction of new parking begins

Parking on the University of Florida campus is about to become much more restricted.

Approximately 600 parking spaces will be demolished in November as construction of a new parking garage is scheduled to begin in the northern section of the suburban lot on Gale Lemerand Drive, leaving an urgent need for temporary parking.

The new garage will have approximately 1,900 parking spaces in total when complete, but the net long-term gain will be minimal due to other planned construction projects, said Scott Fox, director of transportation and parking services.

The Commuter Lot garage will not be finished until February 2020. In the meantime, TAPS is exploring some temporary parking options to compensate for the loss of spaces which will be discussed at the next meeting of the Parking and Transportation Committee in the coming weeks. .

“I can’t give you a timeline for any of them yet, but I can tell you that when the northern part of the suburban lot closes in November 2018, I better have other places to go. park, ”he said.

James Humphrey, a UF junior who parked in the suburban lot this summer semester, said the subclasses would suffer the most from the suburban lot closing because it is one rare lots in the center of the campus where their decals allow them. to park.

“I don’t know how it will work. They might have to reroute some bus lines or something just to get people to and from, ”Humphrey said. “I can’t imagine where on campus they would have even put more temporary parking, so I feel like it would have to be even further from the center of campus.”

Erin Patrick, an assistant research professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at UF, will lose her usual parking spot in front of the Union Reitz in the spring of 2019, when the engineering lot is due to be demolished to make way for the new data science and information technology center. . She said it’s hard enough to find parking near the center of the campus, and if UF wants to cut that many parking spaces for staff, they have to find a way to replace them quickly.

“It was a bag of mixed blessings,” said Patrick. “I’m excited about the new infrastructure, but worry about getting to class on time to teach. “

The budget for the garage is $ 32.4 million, or about $ 17,900 per space.

Fox said the new garage is needed because of the campus projects and new buildings that have replaced the parking spaces. The Commuter Lot Garage is how TAPS replaces what has been lost, as well as what will be lost in the near future.

The following list illustrates the projected loss of parking based on projects already planned, according to Fox. While not all projects have a start date, the first three have already started or are expected to start within the next year.

  • Pony Field Lot – 101 places – June 2018
  • Gale Lemerand Promenade North Suburb Lot – 600 – November 2018
  • Engineering land (opposite Reitz Union) – 351 – May 2019
  • Gale Lemerand Drive South Suburb Lot – 472 – TBD
  • Interior road – 128 – To be determined
  • Lot Frazier Rogers – 162 – To be determined

The six projects collectively leave an expected loss of approximately 1,800 spaces on campus, including the 600 spaces in the North Suburb Lot. Fox said the new garage would reverse those losses with 1,900 spaces, but not until its completion in 2020.

A map of all UF car parks currently under demolition. (Matthew Arrojas / WUFT News)

“If there is anything that we want to convey to the university community, it is that it is happening and we know it and we are preparing for it,” he said. “Your experience during the construction process and once the garage is open is important to us. This is why we are trying to make good decisions now.

Temporary car parks

Fox said TAPS currently has five temporary parking plans, pending approval. The plans range from small car parks of just 100 spaces to much larger car parks of more than 500.

The larger lot proposed would provide 532 spaces at Fifield Field and cost TAPS approximately $ 1.5 million. The smallest lot would be on the east side of 13th Street and offer 105 spaces at a cost of $ 250,000, according to the presentation of Fox.

The following five proposed lots would provide 1,233 temporary parking spaces:

  • 13e Rue Est – 105 spaces – $ 250,000
  • Norman field – 196 – $ 525,000
  • Archer Road Field – 277 – $ 1.2 million
  • Fifield Field – 532 – $ 1.5 million
  • Flavet Field – 123 – $ 375,000
(PowerPoint presentation by Scott Fox)

Fox stressed that none of those plans have yet been approved and that some may not go into effect at all. Others, like the Fifield Field, could be built but with less space than what is currently proposed.

In total, the lots would cost around $ 3.9 million to build. Fox is hoping that a plan for the temporary lots will be solidified before the start of the fall semester.

City and UF agreement limit total number of parking spaces on campus

While the Commuter Lot garage will make up for lost spaces in 2020, it won’t do much to increase the amount of parking available on campus as a whole. Fox said it was because of the Campus development agreement UF produced with the city of Gainesville.

The agreement caps the maximum number of parking spaces UF can have at 25,377. Fox said the agreement was put in place because the roads around UF, such as Archer Road and University Avenue, are not equipped for. manage the traffic created by more parking spaces.

“If we were to build 5,000 additional parking spaces and generate 5,000 additional trips, single occupant vehicle trips in the morning and 5,000 additional trips in the evening, these already failing roads would absolutely choke,” he said. he declares.

Due to the agreement, the supply of parking spaces has remained stagnant over the past 20 years. According to Fox’s presentation, the parking lot in 1998 was the same as in 2018, with a range of 23,000 to 24,000 spaces.

Meanwhile, parking demand continues to reach all-time highs, Fox said.

(PowerPoint presentation by Scott Fox)

For the 2016-17 school year, 36,440 automotive decals were issued. That’s about 13,000 more decals than there are actual parking spots on campus.

The current campus development agreement is in effect until 2025 but will be reviewed in 2020. Fox said it is possible that increasing demand will cause the cap to increase, but it is still far too early to make any predictions. .

“Obviously,” he said, “when the parking supply remains essentially stable and the demand continues to rise and we issue more and more parking stickers, it becomes more and more. more difficult to have a satisfactory parking experience. “

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New York City Reserves Nearly 300 Parking Spaces for Car-Sharing Services

As if finding a parking space in New York wasn’t difficult enough, the city is taking 285 spaces away and reserving them for car-sharing services like Zipcar. The move is already infuriating New Yorkers, reports The New York Times.

This will be the first time that car-sharing services will be reserved parking spaces in the streets of the city, according to the newspaper. Currently, some companies keep cars in parking garages, but others allow users to leave cars parked on the street in designated areas. City officials say Reserving on-street parking for carpooling will encourage more people to use the services, reducing reliance on private cars and reducing traffic and greenhouse gas emissions.

But New York City already has relatively low car ownership rates. Just under half of adults own a car, according to the New York City Economic Development Corporation. This is well below the national average of 92%, note The New York Times. City officials say greater car-sharing availability is still needed to serve neighborhoods with limited transit infrastructure.

The 285 parking spaces are located primarily in low- and modest-income neighborhoods, according to The New York Times. The neighborhoods were chosen because they are currently poorly served by car-sharing services and have relatively few car parks. Of the designated car-sharing spaces, approximately 230 will be on streets and 55 on municipal land. Signs designating spaces reserved for Zipcar and Enterprise CarShare have already been put up and companies have been allowed to tow private vehicles.

Use of car-sharing services is on the rise, with about 1.4 million U.S. users in 2017, according to The New York Times. But in New York, parking spaces are as valuable as any other type of real estate. The city has already removed spaces in many neighborhoods for bike lanes and docks for the CitiBike bike-sharing program. But he didn’t give up on strict enforcement of parking rules, and there wasn’t exactly a surplus of street parking to begin with. Some drivers would also resent the city giving away public land for the exclusive use of private companies.

It’s unclear whether more carpooling will reduce traffic, but that may depend on how the services are used. A 2010 study of round-trip use found that one shared car could eliminate nine to 13 private cars. But Susan Shaheen, an assistant professor at the University of California, Berkeley’s Transportation Sustainability Research Center, said The New York Times that his research has shown that one-way car sharing does not significantly reduce traffic.

In New York, Zipcar and General Motors’ Maven service require users to return cars to designated parking lots or garages after a trip. Daimler’s Car2Go only requires users to leave cars in a designated “welcome area”, not a specific location. It was also BMW’s ReachNow policy, but the service withdraws from New York starting June 5.

New York has an extensive public transportation system, but that system, especially the subway, is widely criticized due to lack of maintenance and unreliable service. It remains to be seen whether the removal of parking spaces and the neglect of public transportation will really convince New Yorkers to take up carpooling.

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Hundreds of parking spaces in downtown Bradenton disappear on Monday as construction of the garage begins


The downtown parking lot on West 3rd Avenue between 10th and 12th streets will be closed beginning April 16 for the construction of the new downtown parking lot.

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Construction of the new $12 million downtown parking garage will begin on Monday with the closure of the Bradenton City Hall parking lot — and its hundreds of parking spaces.

Downtown workers seem to be taking it all in stride, but they’re keeping their fingers crossed that the temporary hassle of finding a parking space won’t deter anyone from Bradenton’s nightlife.

“It may come as a shock to northerners returning at this time of year,” said Kyra Smith, bartender at McCabe’s Irish Pub on Old Main Street. “Locals have known for a long time that this is happening, so I don’t think anyone is too worried about it. It’s a good project, so it’s just something we have to deal with for a while.”

Workers will begin demolishing the parking lot and what was once the home of the Manatee Chamber of Commerce, which has moved into temporary offices until the garage is complete. The chamber will then move into the space on the east side of the new building.

The parking lot, which is expected to be completed in approximately eight months, will have approximately 400 parking spaces, including 100 reserved for use by the Spring Hill Suites hotel under construction on the riverfront.

“That’s a lot of space to waste for eight months,” said Loaded Barrel bartender Jake Stettnisch. “I’ve been working downtown for a little over a year and of course I go down to drink all the time so I figured it out. I don’t know a lot of people who park that way because they are afraid of being towed, but I know that it fills up on weekends and especially for events.”

Stettnisch said he was worried about what it would do to Main Street Live events. There is only one left this season, but it resumes in October.

“But who knows, maybe it will help grow Uber’s business,” he said. “It’s just something you have to keep your fingers crossed and hope for the best.”

With more than 200 parking spaces temporarily removed from downtown, the city still has more than 1,000 public spaces available, although many require a permit on weekdays.

According to Carl Callahan, Director of Economic Development, the public’s best options during the week will be the Manatee County Administration parking lot on West 10th Street north of Manatee Avenue West, which has 100 spaces, as well as the city’s Judicial Center parking lot at 615 12th St. W., which has 200 spaces.

“You might see the administration garage filling up for county commission meetings, but otherwise there’s always plenty of space,” Callahan said.

There are also a few dozen parking spaces in front of Sage Biscuit on Manatee Avenue and 13th Street East.

“Only a few of those next to the building are reserved, the rest are for public parking,” Callahan said. “People are confused there, but the spaces on the asphalt and the shell are all available. This pitch will probably be the best and fastest for anyone looking to walk downtown.”

All public car parks are free on weekends, including in garages. Street parking is always free, but is generally limited to one or two hours on weekdays. Thus, most motorists will likely not be affected since most of the City Hall grounds are used by city employees.

“The number of permits for this batch was relatively low,” he said.

In fact, in the coming months, finding a parking space downtown may not be as difficult as simply driving to the neighborhood.

The downtown parking lot on West 3rd Avenue between 10th and 12th streets will be closed beginning April 16 for the construction of the new downtown parking lot. Tiffany Tompkins [email protected]

The Florida Department of Transportation is expected to begin work on a redesign of the intersection of Third Avenue West and Ninth Street West. Callahan said the city hasn’t heard from FDOT about an exact start date.

“All we know is that he was rewarded,” he said. “Usually if we haven’t heard of a start date that means it’s not imminent, but you never know.”

The $1.52 million project includes widening the pedestrian path on the Green Bridge, adding a dedicated southbound right-turn lane on West Ninth Street to Third Avenue, reducing the size of the lanes and medians and the repaving of a large part of the ninth. The project allows the contractor to close Third Avenue for 30 days as part of the 200-day construction schedule.

The good news on the schedule is that an FDOT pedestrian safety project along West Eighth Avenue from Ninth Street to West 14th Street has been delayed. Callahan said the project is probably “far enough away”.

Manatee Avenue West, near Third Street West, is also certain to close for 30 days beginning May 1 as FDOT and CSX Railroad replace the crossing. West Sixth Avenue will not be affected. Manatee Avenue West will reopen west of the crossing.

Downtown under construction

  • Under construction: $17 million Spring Hill Suites is expected to be completed in November.
  • Under construction: The first phase of the Museum of South Florida’s $12 million expansion is expected to be completed by the end of the year.
  • Under Construction: The $4.5 million Twin Dolphin Marina expansion is underway with the demolition of the docks to the east. Contractor delays have pushed the project back, but it is expected to be completed by the end of the year.
  • Ready to begin: The downtown parking lot, still estimated at around $12 million, begins Monday with the demolition of the lot, the old chamber of commerce building and site preparation. This is an approximately eight month project and is expected to be completed in December.
  • Expected start: The $1.5 million improvement at the intersection of West Ninth Street and Third Avenue could start any day. FDOT has awarded the contract and a start date is expected to be announced in the very near future. This is a 200 day construction project.
  • Scheduled start: The FDOT and CSX Railroad crossing on Manatee Avenue West just west of Third Street West begins May 31. Access to downtown Bradenton on Manatee Avenue West will be blocked at the crossing for 30 days.
  • Unplanned: The Eighth Avenue West pedestrian safety project from West Ninth Street to West 14th Street was unplanned. Still in the final design phase, construction deadlines are not known.
  • Unscheduled: The downtown Bradenton streetscape project is in the design phase. Final costs and construction schedule are unknown, but are expected to be done in phases, beginning with Old Main Street.
  • Unplanned: Riverwalk’s eastward expansion is in the early design stages. Costs and construction dates are not known at this time, but the project is progressing.
  • Complete: SUNZ Insurance has substantially completed exterior renovations to its downtown corporate building.
  • Unknown: Westminster Retirement Communities’ master plan for a major expansion of their city center facilities is coming to an end. Westminster has not announced a start date or construction schedule.

This story was originally published April 13, 2018 11:57 a.m.

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Santa Maria ordinance would establish ground rules for city parking structures | Local News

Santa Maria is preparing to crack down on bad behavior in the city’s car parks.

Santa Maria City Council this week approved the first reading of an ordinance to implement laws for city-owned parking structures.

“What this ordinance essentially does is establish ground rules for access to the garage,” said recreation and parks director Alex Posada.

The city has three car parks – all free – two of which are near downtown Santa Maria and the other near the Santa Maria Public Library.

In short, he said, the rules require someone to have a reason, like working, eating, shopping, or other related activities, to be in the parking lot.

In addition to serving shoppers and mall workers, the parking structures are used by employees of nearby office buildings and various people at the Santa Maria Court complex.

“It’s really a common sense approach to a situation that we’ve had for a number of years,” he said.

The city currently lacks applicable rules for activities in parking structures, including loitering and unwanted activities such as urinating in public, skateboarding, reckless driving and camping.

City staff reviewed the rules for parking structures in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo and took a similar approach to craft the new ordinance, according to Posada.

“This gives us another tool in our toolbox to perform execution actions in garages,” he said.

In addition, the ordinance will deal with persons parking large trucks in compact parking spaces not designed for such vehicles or otherwise occupying two spaces. The law defines compact spaces as those about 9 feet wide and 18 feet deep.

Tire marks left by drivers are among the activities in parking lots that Santa Maria officials hope to end with a new ordinance. (Photo by Janene Scully / Noozhawk)

Night parking will also be prohibited because it poses a problem for maintenance staff.

However, exceptions will be made with special permits issued to those who have offices or residences nearby.

In addition to issuing citations, the law would allow staff to issue warnings or inform people of the rules, Posada said.

A proposed restriction on people backing up in parking spaces also sparked debate. One of the reasons for requiring front-end parking is to allow police and park rangers looking for an expired vehicle registration to quickly spot the labels on the rear registration plate, Posada said.

City Councilor Michael Moats said drivers of large trucks typically return to the spaces.

“They will tell you that the reason they do it is when they pull out they can safely pull out, whereas trying to back up a large van when you have two other vans on either side. puts pedestrians at risk, ”Moats said. noted. “I really wonder if this is such a good idea.”

But city councilor Michael Cordero, a retired police lieutenant, disagreed, saying a driver backed up in a gap enters the travel zone in the wrong direction.

“I think we add to the danger of driving into the mall (parking structure) if we allow it,” he said.

Council members ended up banning parking where drivers return to spaces.

“I think you just need to do it the right way. There is a logic in going in with your headlights first because you are going to be more careful on the way out, ”said City Councilor Etta Waterfield, adding that most modern vehicles are equipped with rear view cameras for a better view.

Council is expected to adopt the new rules at the March 20 meeting, with the order taking effect 30 days later. Posada said city staff plan to educate users of parking structures on the rules before starting enforcement efforts.

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Ann Arbor faces potential loss of hundreds of public parking spaces

ANN ARBOR, MI — While plans are underway to add 375 more public parking spaces to downtown Ann Arbor by winter 2019, hundreds more could disappear.

The Downtown Development Authority’s leases for two parking lots in First/Huron and Fifth/Huron end Nov. 30, meaning a loss of 222 spaces from the public parking system starting Dec. 1.

There is still a chance that they may function as short-term private car parks. The city is in discussions with the owner about this, but it is expected that they will eventually be redeveloped.

Additionally, there is talk of closing two city-owned public parking lots at 415 W. Washington and First/William as the city moves forward with its new Treeline urban pathways plan. These lots have long been envisioned as anchor parks along the future trail, although there may also be private development.

The transformation of these two lots could remove an additional 261 spaces from the public parking system, although when this might happen is uncertain at this time. The city is in the process of finalizing the Treeline plan and the implementation phase is next.

City Council and the Downtown Development Authority held a joint meeting Monday evening, Nov. 13, to discuss parking issues, including the planned loss of those 483 public parking spaces.

City leaders are in talks with the owner of the two lots along Huron, Ann Arbor-based developer First Martin Corp., and are considering allowing the company to temporarily operate them as a private parking lot open to the public until the properties are redeveloped. But there are zoning compliance considerations still under consideration.

The DDA has leased the First/Huron and Fifth/Huron lots from First Martin for years, using them as public parking.

DDA executive director Susan Pollay said First Martin was not offering the option of renewing leases now. She said she understood First Martin wanted to redevelop the properties, although she did not know of any specific development plans.

“Not renewing leases is a way to make redevelopment of these lots more possible,” Pollay said, praising First Martin as a developer. “They’re good developers and good community members. So if that’s what it takes to get them redeveloped, that’s a win for everyone.”

Company representatives could not be reached for comment for this story.

The Fifth and Huron lot across from City Hall has been marketed as available real estate for years while being used as a parking lot.

The lot at First and Huron runs the full length of the block from Huron to Washington and from First to Ashley. It is known as Brown Block and is a popular parking spot for downtown visitors, including patrons of Downtown Home and Garden and Main Street restaurants and shops. The lot is often full at peak times.

Pollay said the loss of the Brown Block as a public parking lot from December 1, which is Midnight Madness, the start of the downtown holiday shopping season, would be a bad time, but there are discussions between the city and First Martin on the possibility of allowing the company to operate the lot as a private parking lot at this time. Pollay noted that the use of the Brown Block as a parking lot predates zoning.

City Administrator Howard Lazarus confirmed the city is talking to First Martin about zoning compliance issues.

“And we hope to work together with them,” he said. ‘We do not intend to close these grounds while they work towards full compliance, as the availability of parking – while not a public good – serves a public benefit.

Lazarus said he believes a solution can be found administratively, but he is asking the city attorney to review the case to determine if action by city council is necessary.

“As long as there are good faith efforts to keep moving forward, it is in the public interest to keep these spaces available,” he said.

Councilman Chuck Warpehoski, D-5th Ward, expressed some concern over First Martin’s permission to operate a private parking lot downtown, noting that the city would not allow developer Dennis Dahlmann to do so on the lot Y, even in the short term.

“I think there’s a reason why our D1 zoning doesn’t list parking as an approved primary use,” he said. “So I think if it’s a transition while other things are going on, I guess I can deal with it. The board and the DDA have taken a pretty strong stance on that when we looked at Lot Y. I think we should be consistent regardless of ownership I don’t think we should be playing favorites with that.

Warpehoski said not having private parking in competition with the city’s public parking lot is another consideration.

“And I think we should be consistent with our zoning to make sure we don’t let a primary use that we don’t want take up a lot of our streetscape,” he added.

The DDA said total parking revenue from the two First Martin lots in the prior fiscal year was $536,303, net of rent and taxes. Since the DDA shares 20% with the city, the loss of these lots equates to a loss of $107,260 per year for the city at current rates.

Additionally, the two city-owned lots at 415 W. Washington and First/William generated $367,625. The loss of these would equate to a reduction of $73,525 in city revenue per year at current rates.

Assuming current parking rates, the 375 new spaces expected to be added to the Ann/Ashley Garage could generate nearly $1 million per year in new revenue, including nearly $200,000 per year in new revenue for the city. , according to the DDA. It is estimated that it will cost approximately $18 million to add the three floors.

Council member Jane Lumm, an independent from the 2nd Arrondissement, said she was concerned the public parking system could lose a network of more than 100 spaces given the level of parking demand.

She also noted that the city and DDA agreed to allow a Chicago-based developer to lease 361 public parking spaces in the Library Lane and Fourth and William garages to support a 17-story development on the library lot owned by the city on Fifth Avenue.

Lumm said she thought it would be wise to consider other parking capacity measures beyond the Ann/Ashley addition.

Other options being considered by the DDA include a four-story, 370-space vertical addition above the Liberty Square garage and a 747-space garage on the Kline lot at Ashley and William Streets with a mix of underground and parking garages. area.

Pollay said the DDA is also asking its engineers to explore the possibility of adding more than 375 spaces to Ann/Ashley

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Council member Kirk Westphal, D-2nd Ward, said he was worried about knee-jerk turning to increasing parking capacity. He suggested the city is undervaluing downtown parking and wondered if rate changes could meet parking demand.

City and DDA leaders acknowledge there is no certainty about how much parking will be needed in the future as the way people get around changes and self-driving cars come online .

Lazarus said he thinks it’s critical the city at least moves forward with adding Ann/Ashley now.

Pollay said the DDA is considering raising downtown parking rates, which could help fund the Ann/Ashley addition.

She announced potential rate changes for spring 2018, raising monthly permit costs by $10 to $35 per month, while on-street parking rates would increase by 10 cents per hour. Hourly parking rates would remain unchanged.

The DDA tentatively plans to hold a public hearing on the rate changes in January 2018, followed by board approval in February and implementation of the new rates in April.

Monday night’s meeting presentation also covered potential economic development opportunities, one being to allow private development on city-owned land at 415 W. Washington, a degraded property across from the YMCA, and to use tax raised fundraising revenue to help fund the Treeline Urban Trail.

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SURAT PARKING: Parking lots transformed into storage land in Surat | Surah News

SURAT: Shailesh Nagar, a private bank executive, lives in Nanpura. Nagar owns a car, but has no parking space in his locality. Nagar has been parking his car in the Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC) multi-level car park near Gandhi Smruti Bhavan for several months after paying a lump sum to the contractor.
Similarly, a textile trader on Ring Road, Krishna Aggarwal, has also struck a deal with the tiered parking contractor near Abhishek Market to dump his textile goods as well as park his car on a monthly rental. These are not isolated cases. Majority of the multi-level car parks and fee-paying facilities created by the civic body are misused by entrepreneurs to earn huge revenue.
The SMC may have created parking spots all over the city to control growing traffic congestion, but contractors are raking in the moolah by giving the parking spots on lease, while people are forced to park their vehicles on the road.
When TOI visited the payment and parking facility under the Ring Road flyover, we found gray fabric “potlas” stacked in the parking space, leaving little space for parking two-wheelers.
The parking fee collector boy, Raju, said there was no space to park the vehicle due to the dumping of gray cloth parcels. The plots are owned by textile traders and they pay monthly rent to the parking contractor.
“I can’t allow you to park here because there is no space. You go further down the road or park your vehicle somewhere else,” the parking fee collector boy said.
Nilay Jani and his wife had come to the textile market to buy saris and clothes. They walked around the parking lot, but couldn’t find a place to park their car. They even visited the multi-level parking lot of Abhishek market, but were told that the parking lot was packed.
“I don’t understand where people should park their vehicles. You have paid and multi-level car parks, but they are occupied by traders and tempowalas,” Jani said.
The scene at the Kadar Shah Ni Naal multi-level car park in Nanpura was horrible. The bottom floor of the parking lot was occupied by junkyard workers and a few handcarts were parked inside. When questioned, the contractor stated that there was no parking space available.
A multi-level parking contractor said: “Commuters here do not prefer to park their vehicles in the multi-level car park. If we don’t allow others to park with a fixed monthly rent, we would have to shut down our business. We pay a nice sum to SMC for the rental of the multi-level car park. »
Unethical practices stifle a good project
HimansshuBhatt & Melvyn.ReggieThomas
Surat: Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC) has set up nine multi-level car parks and 27 paid facilities across the city, as well as three additional car parks at Ghod Dod Science Center, Pal Aquarium and Sanjeev Auditorium Kumar in Adajan.
The civic body earns Rs 11 crore per year from car parks. But, due to unethical practices adopted by private contractors, the general public is being denied a proper parking space. The rental of parking spaces on a monthly basis is very visible on Ring Road.
Figures from the Regional Transport Office (RTO) indicate that Diamond City has more than 3 lakh cars and 22 lakh two-wheelers.
The nine multi-level car parks in different municipal areas can accommodate approximately 5,000 two-wheelers and 1,000 cars. Apart from these, there are 27 paid and parking facilities under flyovers, open spaces, service roads, etc.
The city has 200ft wide roads at major locations, but parking space is very limited. Thus, commuters are forced to park their vehicles on the side of the road, which leads to traffic jams.
Former President of South Gujarat Chamber of Commerce and Industry, BS Agarwal said, “Parking is a major problem in the city. If we talk about our own facility in Nanpura, we don’t have parking space. During my tenure, I had submitted a proposal to the civic body to provide 100 square meters of land at Makkai Pool to create a “puzzle parking lot” – an automated parking lot for cars. »
The special municipal commissioner, M Nagrajan, told TOI: “We will investigate and take strict action against contractors who rent out parking spaces. Parking lots are created for the general public and cannot be rented by contractors on a monthly basis.
1 Number of multi-level car parks: 9
2. Number of pay and parking facilities: 27
3. Total parking capacity: 12,000 vehicles (cars and two-wheelers)
4. Total number of cars: 3,000,000
5. Total number of two-wheelers: 22 lakh.
TIMES VIEW: Surat Municipal Corporation faces innumerable challenges in formulating a decisive parking policy for the city where more than 50,000 four-wheelers and 1 lakh two-wheelers are registered every year. The civic body had created parking lots throughout the city, but they are being misused by contractors, who rent the space on a monthly basis. The new parking policy, which should be announced shortly, should include strict clauses for these unscrupulous contractors.
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How Taxing Atlanta’s Absurd Number of Parking Spaces Could Improve the City

If there was any doubt that Atlanta is a city built for cars, just count the parking lots.

It turns out that there is new parking spaces in town for each car.

With all of these lots devoted to parking, especially the valuable lots in the center of town, there has to be a way to encourage good development while encouraging more density and transit, and ultimately, by increasing the value of properties. To the right?

From an article on StreetsBlog, a former political adviser to Mayor Kasim Reed, Tom Weyandt, recently recommended following a method in other big cities of turning large parking lots into a precious resource: taxation.

The bottom line is that cities tax parking lots based on a percentage of their gross income. In doing so, cities encourage greater use of property and impose more property taxes, which ultimately allows for better urban infrastructure. Of course, serviced car parks have the added benefit of making the city a much more attractive place.

Weyandt argued that the program could guarantee some $ 30 million each year, diverting funds to help boost affordable housing and transportation.

With $ 15 million for affordable housing and an additional $ 15 million to subsidize MARTA trips to the city, the quality of life can be improved for many Atlanta residents, Weyandt says.

For a city struggling with paying for parking, the concept can be hard to digest. But it’s hard to say that in the future with more robust transit options, more affordable housing, and less parking, we’d all be better off.

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What is driving the future of parking garage design?

The effort put into designing a parking lot will likely never be recognized in the same way as the work done to bring a sparkling skyscraper out of the ground. However, the structures that are present in most American cities serve a vital and practical need.

But basic parking is not so basic anymore, not least because municipalities and people who live near high traffic and congested areas insist that developers consider their projects in a way that encourages the use of public transport. or to camouflage them. so that they blend in as harmoniously as possible with the aesthetics of associated buildings and public gathering places.

Change is already underway

For example, Seattle has chosen to move development away from parking structures that overlook streets and sidewalks as well as office buildings, residential skyscrapers and hotels, according to Phil Greany, construction manager in Mortenson’s office. in Seattle.

Seattle is in the midst of a tech company-induced construction boom, and, according to Greany, these workers often want to live, work, and play in the same neighborhood, so cars and parking are a secondary concern. Amazon employees, for example, who live near company headquarters can walk to and from work instead of driving.

The city also heightened urban and pedestrian sensibility by encouraging developers to design with pedestrian access in mind and include features such as “parklets” where on-street parking would normally be located. Seattle encourages underground parking where possible, as well as a design that “camouflages” parking garages so they can blend in with the greenery that lines many streets, according to Greany.

On a related note, Al Carroll, executive vice president of the Southern California division of the McCarthy Building Companies, said he’s seeing increased use of parking “envelopes” for mid-rise multi-family residential buildings. . “The residential building wraps around the structure of the parking lot, hiding its exterior from view,” he said.

Carroll noted, however, that because the story-to-story height of each garage level should generally match the relatively lower story-to-story height of a typical multi-family building, the design is sometimes not as efficient as a detached house. common parking garage next to an office building or other commercial project.

However, some new trends in parking garage design – even mandates – are easier to implement than others.

Paul Commito, senior vice president of development at Brandywine Realty Trust, said city planners in Philadelphia, where the company built the city’s first raised park over a university area parking lot, prefer parking in basement.

The city wants its citizens to be less “dependent on parking” and requires developers of new parking structures to go through a special review process if they want to build a traditional aboveground facility, according to Commito.

“The only problem is that the urban environment makes the cost of using the basement with parking almost prohibitive,” he said.

Most owners, Carroll said, will try to keep the parking structure above grade when zoning and site conditions allow. “While integrating the underground parking into a mixed-use park above the [or] The installation of offices results in a much smaller building footprint requiring less land use, significantly increasing the cost of the underground parking component, which is already very expensive compared to above ground structures ” , did he declare.

According to Scott Desharnais, executive vice president of Moss Construction Management, soil type is another factor to consider when going underground with a parking lot. “With the new soil mixing technology, it has become more economically feasible to put underground parking. This has been especially important in dense areas where land is scarce,” he said.

Despite this, Desharnais said the deepest parking structures the company has seen are just two underground levels. “We could see basements lower in the future as soil mixing technology becomes more mainstream,” he said. “For now, on most large buildings that require a lot of parking, we will still normally see several stories above ground.”

Where sustainability comes into play

So how do you make these above ground concrete parking lots more durable and slightly easier to accept for forward thinking planners? Simply put, the developers are making them eco-friendly with things like electric car charging stations, green spaces, and solar power.

Commito said that due to the availability of a wide variety of transportation options in Philadelphia, the company’s Cira Center project, a mixed-use, transit-focused commercial project along the Schuylkill River, was able to transform the top of the complex’s parking lot into a park, as well as a stormwater management system and a green roof. The park opened about a year and a half ago and has “been shown to be well received,” Commito said.

Solar energy and electric charging stations go hand in hand in some of the car parks of the property development company DANAC. CJ Colavito, director of engineering for Standard Solar – which installed the solar panels on one of DANAC’s parking structures and parking lot – said solar is financially profitable for building owners, it doesn’t So it acts not so much in trying to make a parking garage look like better, but in economic sense.

Charging stations for electric cars, however, are another matter. “It’s a chicken and egg situation,” Colavito said. Employers may want to install them if they see their employees using them, but employees may not invest in an electric car until their employer installs a charging station in the parking lot. It’s not a money generator like solar power, he said, but rather a benefit to the public and tenants or workers in a building.

Cities and local governments also play a role in this, Colavito said, because green initiatives like solar power, storm water and charging stations sometimes come with large grants that justify their inclusion in a project. financially interesting.

What’s next for the design and construction of parking garages

So, what future for the parking lot?

“The trend we are seeing is that a greater proportion of the population is moving to cities [and] urban areas, ”Carroll said. This will force planners to take into account the increase in population and determine how these additional people will move through an increasingly dense area in the most efficient way possible.

“Public transit and driverless vehicles will certainly lead to some reduction in demand for structured parking,” he added, although driverless vehicle technology is still in the early stages of development.

Generation Y will also influence the demand for parking spaces. This demographic, Carroll said, doesn’t value car ownership as high as older generations, with many seeing it as a waste of time and resources. A significant portion would prefer to use public transportation or ride-sharing services, he said, allowing them to be social while commuting and leave the driving to someone else.

Some owners, he said, have anticipated the abandonment of parking garages and are considering designing parking structures with floor-to-floor heights and other design elements that will allow them to transform multi-family buildings, retail stores, offices and other types of mixed-use facilities – in case the demand for parking begins to drop.

Desharnais said his company has also seen the trend to reduce the number of stand-alone garages in favor of those that are integrated into a specific project. And with the help of car lifts, which allow two or three cars to be stacked in one space, the footprint of garages is also shrinking.

However, the most impacting change for the future of parking structures, Desharnais said, will come from cities and local governments. “Most municipalities still require a certain number of parking spaces for each residential unit,” he said. “In the future, if they relaxed this requirement, it could stimulate urban development and discourage people from driving.”

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There is no shortage of parking spaces, what is lacking is sharing

Real estate developers and the city codes under which they operate do not appear to be successful in framing parking spaces – putting the right number in the right places – in multi-family dwellings and commercial projects in cities and suburbs.

And because a flawed policy has been in place for decades, at least according to some urban planning groups, there is in fact a large inventory of parking in most high-density or high-traffic areas. These spaces just need smarter use.

Part of this solution may reside in parking lot matching applications which, by bridging the gap between supply and demand, generate additional revenue for advertisers, convenience and profitability for drivers, and better quality of life in the neighborhood. The apps aren’t new and aren’t exclusive to the US (UK-based Just Park operates there and elsewhere), but their acceptance is growing, with the help of great planning thinkers. .

“The uniform parking standards of transport engineers and municipal ordinances apply the same guidelines whether the development is two blocks from public transport or covers the needs of two to three cars in a remote suburb,” said Linda Young, a managing director specializing in urban analysis at the Center for Neighborhood Technology. The Chicago-based nonprofit has researched Chicago’s parking patterns; Seattle; Washington DC; and the San Francisco metropolitan areas in particular.

In Chicago, for example, rental buildings are over-supplying 0.27 parking spaces for each unit.

Neighborhood tech center

Planning organizations, which previously may have been willing to wait, or had no choice but to wait, for building code policy to catch up with trends see the ‘sharing economy’ helping to mitigate the problem sooner, especially when used as part of a larger plan that includes transit subsidies, ride-sharing programs, and bike-friendly design.

Rethinking the parking economy

Parking lot rental apps, much like an Airbnb for parking, help, including the Chicago-based ParqEx app. These apps differ from apps that notify drivers of their proximity to available car parks and parking lots, such as ParkWhiz and SpotHero. Even Google Maps now lets users know if parking will be easy or limited to their destination.

Instead, these apps act as a matchmaker between building managers, individual owners, and businesses who want to generate income by renting out their parking spaces when not in use. This covers short-term use, like when drivers are heading to a restaurant, and longer-term use, perhaps securing an area near the workplace that is otherwise empty during the day. ParqEx even received accelerator support, $ 20,000, from venture capitalist Elmspring, reinforcing that smart parking should be part of smart planning. (He also raised $ 90,000 from the Milwaukee-based accelerator called gener8tor to secure a total round of $ 1.3 million in seed funding in December.)

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“Rather than paving more lots with parking lots, we could help each other out using what we already have,” said Vivek Mehra, CEO of ParqEx, which operates in Chicago, Milwaukee and Madison, Wisconsin, in an interview with MarketWatch . .

“If you don’t park in your spot all day, why not list it when you’re not using it so that someone who needs a spot can use it and you earn extra income?” ” he said. That averages out at $ 116 per month in Chicago.

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Rival app SPOT, which operates in eight cities, including Miami, Philadelphia, and notoriously car-dependent Los Angeles, offers indicative rates on its site. For example, currently in Boston’s Back Bay, average monthly rental rates are $ 285 to $ 325 for a single space, weekly rates are $ 75 to $ 90, and hourly rates range from $ 2.25 to $ 4. .

The legality of renting, essentially subletting, private parking spaces varies from place to place. A few years ago, San Francisco sued a company called Money Parking and others, accusing the sites of selling the first rights to public places on the streets.

Why the need anyway?

The parking formula shouldn’t be that hard to chew on. It is however the case. Construction requirements demand a certain number of spaces per capita, often at the request of neighbors worried that residents of a new development will gobble up scarce street parking. Insufficient supply can also endanger the marketing of real estate. But reality shows that the number of spaces allocated often exceeds the actual space needs and that parking spaces are often underutilized, by residents who rely on public transport, for example, the Center said. for Neighborhood Technology. At the same time, empty private pitches have historically been off limits to commuters or car-dependent buyers heading to a neighborhood.

Parking lots at commercial locations, or even short-income schools, have traditionally remained closed after hours for trolling drivers heading to a restaurant or a movie. The sharing economy can change that too. Mehra from ParqEx confirmed the interest of schools among its clientele.

The gap between parking supply and demand bothers the Center for Neighborhood Technology, as excessive or misused parking capacity hurts neighborhood affordability, says center; the cost of managing underused spaces is reflected in the rent.

Read: VW buys the PayByPhone mobile application

Technology can provide relatively nimble solutions to matchmaking challenges. ParqEx has already overcome a big setback to on-demand sharing: locked or security-protected parking spaces hidden behind doors or gates. The IoT capability built into its app opens 98% of portals and garage doors (once permission is granted), Mehra explained. Overall security may leave some users reluctant, and ParqEx claims that its rental inquiry and verification elevates the service over direct owner listings on Craigslist or similar personal ad sites.

For now, acceptance of widespread parking lot sharing may increase as growing pains resolve and awareness spreads. ParqEx, for example, says it has around 15,000 users; 80% are space seekers and 20% are space listers. So there is clearly a certain imbalance between supply and demand as users get interested in the concept. ParqEx will not release revenue figures for the company, but said it has seen 25% monthly revenue growth over the past 12 months.

In light of the slowness of policy development in this area, urban planning groups accept that the sharing economy, agile enough to keep pace with changes in transport and lifestyles, is taking on responsibility impatience part of the burden.

“Just after the [2008-09] recession, alternative transportation had really grabbed a new generation, whether it was a reduction in the number of cars per household, car-less cycling or carpooling, as with Uber and Lyft – not as an alternative to taxis, but as an alternative to [owning] a car itself, ”added Erin Grossi, CEO of the Center for Neighborhood Technology.

“So preferences change, but cultural measurement systems often lag behind,” she said. “Technology can be at the forefront. “

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Aurora Parking Lots – Town of Aurora

Choose a facility or program to learn more:
Iliff Station Garage
Hyatt Regency Conference Center Garage
Aurora Civic Center
RTD facilities
Transit Station Bike Parking
Charging stations for electric vehicles

Iliff Station Garage
14000 E. Wesley Ave, Aurora CO 80014

Opened in early 2017, the Iliff Station Garage is a partnership between the City of Aurora and the Regional Transportation District (RTD). The 2-storey, 600-space garage is equipped with six electric vehicle charging stations and offers fast and efficient parking options serving Iliff light rail station.

Parking rates
Daily: $3 $2 $1.50 – Now even cheaper!
Monthly: $50 $45 (guarantees a seat for permit holders between 5 a.m. and 10 a.m. on weekdays)
Adjacent street parking is also available for commuters for a fee.

Paying for parking is easy at Iliff station. Pay-per-plate terminals are located next to the elevators on the first floor on your way to the light rail platform. The cash machines accept cash, coins and all major credit and debit cards. Customers can also use ParcMobile pay for daily parking on their mobile device.

Iliff station is served by the H line (to downtown Denver) and the R line (to Peoria station to the north and Lincoln station to the south). Denver International Airport is served by Iliff Station through a transfer to Peoria Station.

Hyatt Regency Conference Center
13200 E. 14th Place, Aurora, CO 80011

The Hyatt Regency Aurora parking garage is a 6-story facility with 506 public parking spaces. Public parking is open 24 hours a day and accessible to all visitors and guests of the Hyatt Regency Aurora Hotel & Conference Center as well as nearby business and commercial attractions, including guests of the nearby Anschutz Medical Campus.*

The gated, self-pay garage offers self-parking rates and monthly permit parking options. At the end of your hourly parking stay, cash or credit card payments are conveniently processed via automated pay stations located in the main garage lobby or at the exit of the credit card vehicle lane (uniquely). Overnight Hyatt guests can place garage parking fees directly into their hotel room folio account for unlimited garage access – just speak with the front desk staff at check-in. room to arrange parking.

There are TWENTY (20) electric vehicle charging stations on all levels of the garage that offer FREE charging the vehicle (with a valid ChargePoint account).

Parking for vans accessible to people with reduced mobility: Guests with large/oversized or tall wheelchair vans/vehicles must first check in and obtain guest assistance from a member of the Hyatt hotel valet team (posted at the gate of hotel) before entering the garage. The hotel’s valet team will be happy to help you get your vehicle safely into the garage and park it in a designated parking space accessible to vans. Accessible parking spaces for NON-vans are accessed through the main vehicle garage entrance and are located throughout the facility. All wheelchair accessible car parks operate on a first-come, first-served basis.

Parking is managed by the Hyatt Regency Aurora management team.

For more information about the hotel and the conference center, please visit

Self-parking rates
0 to 6 hours: $6
6 to 24 hours (daily): $12
Lost entry ticket: $12

Monthly parking rates

Aurora Civic Center
15151 East Alameda Parkway, Aurora, CO 80012

The Aurora Civic Center (AMC) has ample parking for all visitors and City campus employees. We ask that drivers please obey all posted signs when parking on campus; including all time limitations, speed limits and reserved parking restrictions. The City Campus can often be a busy place, so please always yield to all pedestrians and cyclists.

FREE charging stations for electric vehicles (EV) (Charging point account required) are available to the public on level P-1 (ground floor) of the AMC garage – located on the east side of the garage. For more information on access FREE public electric vehicle charging stations throughout the city of Aurora, please click here.

To enhance safety at the Aurora Civic Center, Park Aurora has launched new off-street parking rules and regulations for all surface parking lots and garages on campus. Formalizing parking rules on campus ensures that all visitors and city employees clearly understand how to use our valuable parking resources.

To learn more about CMA’s off-street parking management rules and regulations, please click here.

AMC Campus Parking Passes:

For an AMC Campus Visitor Parking Map, please click here.
Municipal employees only – For a campus map of designated employee parking locations, please Click here.

RTD facilities (transit parking)

The town of Aurora is served by an extensive public transit system operated by the Regional Transportation District (RTD). RTD operates car parks at several bus transfer and train station facilities.

Park & ​​Ride lots for bus transfer facilities include:

Alameda and Havana
Olympic Park
Smoky Hill / Piccadilly

Park & ​​Ride facilities at the station include:

Dayton Station
Nine Mile Station Garage
Aurora Center Metro Station
2nd and Abilene Station
13th Avenue Station
Peoria Station
40th and Airport – Gateway Park Station

Please note that the Iliff Garage, located at 14000 E. Wesley Ave., is operated by the City of Aurora for the exclusive use of Iliff Station RTD customers. Find out more about the car parks operated by RTD on RTD website.

Secure bicycle parking at the transit station

The City of Aurora, in partnership with RTD and Northeast Transportation Connections, plans to install secure bicycle parking areas at Iliff Station and Peoria Station in Aurora and Central Park Station in Denver . Check back to for updates on when these facilities open and how to get a monthly pass to these safe cycling facilities.

Charging stations for electric vehicles

Park Aurora is proud to offer over 20 publicly accessible electric vehicle (EV) charging stations at city-owned and operated parking lots. To use these EV charging stations, you must be a member of Charging point.

The following city-owned and operated parking lots offer publicly accessible electric vehicle charging stations:

Aurora Civic Center Garage, 15151 E. Alameda Parkway
4 stations at garage level P1

Hyatt Regency Conference Center Garage (paid parking)
13200 E. 14th place
20 stations on each level of the garage

Iliff Station Garage (paid parking)
14000 E. Wesley Avenue
6 stations at garage level P1

Aurora City Public Safety Training Center
25950 E. Quincy Ave.
2 stations located in the car park

Check back for more information on new stations as they become available.

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7 Swing Parking Structures – Interior Design

Mostly sloppy solutions to a basic need, parking structures don’t get a reputation for being a thing of beauty. The good news is that a few architects are upping the ante, determined to make the ugly parking lot a thing of the past. The seven parking solutions here include a hospital garage that never looks alike, a house with a stunning gated parking lot that speaks to its architectural language, a tennis court that hides a Batcave-worthy car collection, and a facade diamond-shaped openings spreading the light like a lantern.

1. Company: Elliott Associates Architects

Project: Parking lot 4 for Chesapeake Energy Corporation

Location: Oklahoma City

Stand out: The fourth in a series of peerless car parks for Chesapeake Energy Corporation, Car Park 4 conceals nearly 1,500 parking spaces within a striking structure defined by colored tube lighting and aluminum extrusions. The white aluminum trellis seems to shift as you pass it, while a veil of aluminum stretched over structural concrete becomes a play of light and shadow. The entrance gates are distinguished by cheerful yellow. On the roof, cold cathode lighting illuminates structural columns rising to form an atrium colonnade, with a magenta glow visible for miles.

2. Company: Vardastudio

Project: Residence Desi

Location: Tala, Cyprus

Stand out: Surrounding a parking area, vertical wooden louvers provide shade and security to this hilltop home, in stark contrast to the whitewashed concrete bulk of the living space. Instead of a bulky addition, the parking area becomes essential to the language of the structure, which slopes down to soak up panoramic sea views to the south.

3. Company:
Urban Studio

Project: Covered parking for Eskenazi Hospital

Location: Indianapolis

Stand out: A field of 7,000 angled metal panels with an east/west color scheme creates a dynamic facade system for the Eskenazi Hospital car park. Painted a deep blue on one side and golden yellow on the other, the metal panels vary in size and angle, and appear to shift and change color and transparency depending on the angle of the viewer. The result: a dramatic canvas that never looks quite the same.

4. Companies: Pohl Rosa Pohl (facade); Walter P. Moore (structural renovation)

Project: Garage Helix

Location: Lexington, Kentucky

Stand out: Instead of demolishing this 1966 building, long considered an eyesore, local architectural firm Pohl Rosa Pohl designed a new facade based on a system of suspended, perforated steel panels. Each of the three layers has a different panel shape, with the two inner layers playing off the outer layer. At night is when the faceplate really comes to life, with the LED backlight changing color to display a theatrical light show. The LEDs can also be programmed for colors suitable for local events and holidays.

5. Companies: IwamotoScott Architecture with Leong Leong and artist John Baldessari

Project: Garage with city view

Location: Miami

Stand out: Challenged to create a ventilated parking structure without air conditioning for a mixed-use building that also included office and commercial space, IwamotoScott Architecture wrapped the main corner of the garage with a digitally fabricated metal screen. Folded aluminum modules create diamond-shaped openings for air. At night, the light spreads with a lantern-like glow.

6. Company: Molecule

Project: Wayne Residence

Location: Melbourne, Australia

Stand out: A traditional-style brick house hides a stylish parking area, suitable for a superhero, according to the architects, under a grass cover installed in the tennis court. Ceramic floor tiles and an illuminated ceiling grid create a Batcave-worthy backdrop for the owner’s car collection.

7. Company:
5468796 Architecture

Project: youCUBE

Location: Winnipeg, Canada

Stand out: Sometimes the best parking design is the one you can’t see. In this 18-unit development, vehicle access and parking for residents are discreetly integrated into a shared plaza—Poured concrete level that raises the wooden frame residences one floor above the ground. The construction of the plaza also allows for pockets of green space and small patios.

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Tiny House Design Floats Affordable Housing on Parking Spots

400 square feet living in the air.

The latest hotspot proposed for micro-housing: car parks.

Raising the structure, a small Hawaiian miniature home company, plans to add compact, affordable housing to cities across the United States, without sacrificing parking. The company’s pre-engineered design supports the small dwellings on a trunk-like base so they float on the asphalt. Add “tree trim”, with exterior walls finished in green leaves to reduce air pollution and a roof that channels rainwater into the storage tank hidden in the “trunk”, and you have also sustainable architecture in the mix. (This stored water also helps weigh down small structures.)

fast company Remarks– that with approximately two billion parking spaces in the United States, many are often empty. “It’s just incredibly underutilized space,” Nathan Toothman, co-founder of Elevate Structure, told Fast Company. “There are huge oceans of concrete. In some cities, I think a third of the area is parking lots. We are trying to bring more use in this area.

The base of the houses would be 40 square feet, with rooms ranging from 250 to 400 square feet.

The startup is raising funds to build a demo on Starter.

Marielle Mondon is a freelance writer and journalist in Philadelphia. His work has appeared in Philadelphia City Paper, Wild Magazineand PolicyMic. She previously reported on communities in upper Manhattan while earning a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University.

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