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July 2016

Imaginary Parking Spaces Crowding Norfolk, Virginia

In their efforts to facilitate commercial use of historic buildings, planning officials in Norfolk, Virginia have been relying on a creative application of parking requirements. As older buildings are converted to new businesses, the city bypasses parking minimums by offering a credit for one space … Continue reading

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15 Stories from the Ancient Greeks

I went to see Star Trek over the weekend.  Not the best, not the worst. But the previews were interesting. They are actually bringing out a remake of the Magnificent Seven and Ben Hur. I left the theater shaking my … Continue reading

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One Number in a Book — Shoup’s 30%

Over the past two weeks we have had numerous entries on this blog concerning Don Shoup’s seeming contention that 30% of all traffic in a given area is searching for parking. This number is used to support his theories that … Continue reading

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Politics and Parking

I’m not going to share my political opinions, and goodness knows we’re going to be subjected to months more of a steady stream of ridiculous and annoying back and forth blather from the candidates, so nobody wants to read about it here. … Continue reading

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Are Parking Enforcement Officers at Risk?

I received the following email this morning. Hard on the heels of Dallas and Baton Rouge, the topic seems one that could use some discussion — feel free to comment here. I am posting his words without comment, I don’t … Continue reading

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Seattle PARKday Extended to Two Days

Seattle is taking worldwide PARKing Day a step further by celebrating it for two days in a row. It seems Seattle residents really love the event, and the city has received so many requests for permits that leaders have added … Continue reading

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30% Cruising rate isn’t really accurate…. Don Shoup

It seems that the discussion about the 30% cruising rate is continuing. Here is an email stream between UCLA’s Don Shoup and Steven Polzin, Director, Mobility Policy Research, Center for Urban Transportation Research, University of South Florida.  Highlighting is mine. … Continue reading

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Cities in UK skipping “Smart City” programs

Research published in ITS International has noted that cities in the UK simply don’t see “Smart City” programs as a priority. They lack budget, leadership and capability. Here is what the article said in part: New research, commissioned by street … Continue reading

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Shoup — Istanbul weighs in

Got this from Turkey: Dear John, I have just seen your blog piece “The SHOUP Controversy – Are 30% of the cars in a given neighborhood looking for parking?” It is possible to “estimate” how many cars are induced to … Continue reading

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Want a Parking Management Marketing Report? They left out WHO?

I get emails about everything. Today, for instance, I got an email hawking a “Parking Management Marketing Report.”  Wow, that seems interesting. So I asked for the ‘brochure’ which describes the document. It was extremely interesting and seemed to cover … Continue reading

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