The Good Planning & Bad Politics Of Parking Standards

 

"Using chairs or traffic cones to save parking spaces on snowy streets has long been a tradition in Philadelphia." | Photo: Nat Hamilton, for NewsWorks

“Using chairs or traffic cones to save parking spaces on snowy streets has long been a tradition in Philadelphia.” | Photo: Nat Hamilton, NewsWorks

  • Speaking with Planning Commission director Gary Jastrzab during yesterday’s budget hearing, City Council President Darrell Clarke once again expressed that he is decidedly pro-car, dismissive of forward-looking urbanist planning. PlanPhilly’s Jared Brey relates some of the back and forth, centered upon the new zoning code’s reduced minimum parking ratio for new residential construction (from one parking spot for every new unit, to three spots per 10 units). “You can have your philosophy,” Clarke said. “You can have some theoretical approach. The reality is that these people who are moving into these neighborhoods have cars. This is not reality-based, what you’re saying.”
  • Naked Philly shares photos taken nine years apart that show the total rebuild of the 1000 block of South 17th Street that went from “two occupied buildings, four vacant and blighted structures, and a whole mess of vacant land,” to two waves of residential construction, ant then to the current work on the long-delayed mixed-use Carpenter Square.
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Stephen Currall recently received his BA in history from Arcadia University. Before beginning doctoral studies, he is pursuing his interest in local history, specifically just how Philadelphians engage their vibrant past. Besides skimming through 18th century letters, Steve is also interested in music and travel.

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