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Parking Rightsizing

Posted By Angie Schmitt On November 8, 2012 @ 10:59 am In Featured | No Comments

The next time merchants in your downtown demand another parking garage because of the parking “shortfall” you can recommend a radically simple solution: Shrink the size of the parking stall.

Whereas the size of a standard American [1] parallel-parking spot is 23 to 24′ long, in the UK it is more like 20′. In France [2] (and much of continental Europe) it is 18′ [3].

Just imagine if the parking spots in crowded downtown areas were reduced by 6′ — that increases parking utilization by a whopping 25%.

Oh, but what about the poor SUV drivers who can’t fit their Lincoln Navigator into an 18′ stall? Well, so what? Why should cities reduce their parking supply by 1/4 to accommodate oversized SUV’s? And in any case, anyone who can afford to gas up an SUV can pay to park their vehicle in an offstreet garage.

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[1] standard American: http://www.sacgp.org/documents/4.pdf

[2] France: http://fr.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Fichier:Stationnement-longitudinal.svg&page=1

[3] 18′: https://maps.google.com/maps?q=paris,+france&hl=en&ie=UTF8&ll=48.856442,2.330818&spn=0.01145,0.021865&sll=37.529386,-122.008471&sspn=0.186777,0.271568&hnear=Paris,+%C3%8Ele-de-France,+France&t=m&layer=c&cbll=48.857163,2.329416&panoid=6_xKcQR1qjLEs58B49c9Hg&cbp=13,120.75,,2,7.17&z=16

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