Getting Real About Spillover Parking

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When there isn’t enough parking for new housing, services, or jobs, drivers may end up parking where they are not wanted — on neighboring sidestreets, private lots, or elsewhere. For decades, cities have tried to prevent this spillover parking by requiring off-street parking construction. However, this approach has failed. Parking requirements have driven up the cost of housing and other development, fueled congestion, and increased auto dependence. And spillover parking persists, along with strong opposition to new development from affected residents. Recent changes to parking policy from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission and the state will force cities and developers to deal with spillover parking more directly. If local governments can avoid spillover parking, will people be more accepting of new residents, jobs, and businesses in their communities? Join us for a conversation about potential spillover parking remedies.

  • Donald Shoup / University of California, Los Angeles
  • Patrick Siegman / Siegman & Associates
  • Raynell Cooper / San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency
  • Kristina Currans / University of Arizona


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