Better Transit / Less Parking

It’s time to rethink the hustle and bustle in and out of our cars, and instead usher in time to walk and enjoy our downtown communities.

Suburbia is synonymous with strip malls and traffic. Or is it? Many suburbs are shifting gears, moving beyond the automobile and giving people more choices for how to get around. In places that seemed paved over, shops, homes, and vibrant new communities are replacing acres of asphalt. Less driving and less pavement means more time for strolling and more space for making the most of our downtown communities.   

Is the car culture dying?

The car is losing its grip on the American psyche and pocketbook as millennials are choosing cities where they can walk, bike or use public transit.


Poor people pay for parking even when they can’t afford a car

The real costs of free parking

A Very Different Suburbia

For starters, driverless cars would mean a lot less pavement

There’s no ‘free parking’

A societal shift toward market-oriented pricing for on-street parking?

Walkable City

Jeff Speck on walkability improvements—and where they actually make a difference

Paying for Parking Garages

Why it pays to build structured parking: Q&A with parking consultant Gerard Giosa about financing parking garages

Asphalt, Be Gone!

Replacing parking lots with parks—and building community

Getting It Done

Further Reading

Looking Beyond Urban Cycling: How Metro Vancouver is Retrofitting its Suburbs Vancity Buzz

Vancouver is providing sustainable transportation options to its citizens, including working towards a complete AAA (‘All Ages and Abilities’) bicycle network

People are Healthier, Wealthier, and Happier When Cars Don’t Come First Greater Greater Washington

In cities that require more driving, residents spend far more of their income on transportation

Here’s the Right Way to Make Transit and Density Work in the Suburbs Grist

Creating walkable urbanism requires removing single-use zoning barriers