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3 minutes ago, swtsig said:

 

they also have next to zero parking requirements. downtown houston certainly has less parking requirements than say katy but not sure by how much.

 

By a lot, presuming you are talking about legal parking requirements.  Downtown has none.

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...and yet the market will provide. Which just goes to show how absurd the City's parking requirements outside the CBD are.

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On 1/8/2018 at 8:54 PM, Texasota said:

...and yet the market will provide. Which just goes to show how absurd the City's parking requirements outside the CBD are.

 

Not entirely. Part of the reason for parking requirements elsewhere is to avoid burdening nearby residential neighborhoods.

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7 hours ago, Texasota said:

That's an indirect fix. Residential parking permits (with visitors' passes) would actually address that problem.

 

Yes indeed.  But that still imposes an externality on both the residents and the city (the residents and their visitors have the inconvenience/hassle of having to have parking permits and visitors' passes; the city has an additional regulatory and enforcement burden).  The idea behind parking requirements is to make businesses bear their own costs and keep them from imposing their costs on their neighbors.

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35 minutes ago, Houston19514 said:

 

Yes indeed.  But that still imposes an externality on both the residents and the city (the residents and their visitors have the inconvenience/hassle of having to have parking permits and visitors' passes; the city has an additional regulatory and enforcement burden).  The idea behind parking requirements is to make businesses bear their own costs and keep them from imposing their costs on their neighbors.

 

This is basically the correct reason and is the explanation why nearly every zoning code in America has parking minimums, and even the one city without a zoning code (Houston) has adopted them. That said, it would be a step forward in our evolution as a city if we got rid of them or at least drastically reduced them and embraced street parking and residential permitting. It might also help with storm runoff.

 

Now, what say we stop bumping this thread unless we have news about Block 98?

 

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On 1/19/2018 at 6:24 AM, Texasota said:

That's an indirect fix. Residential parking permits (with visitors' passes) would actually address that problem.

Residential permits should be banned by the Legislature. All taxpayers pay for public streets, why should only nearby residents get to use them?

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15 minutes ago, Ross said:

Residential permits should be banned by the Legislature. All taxpayers pay for public streets, why should only nearby residents get to use them?

 

It's a legitimate tool many cities use to help maintain pleasant residential neighborhoods.

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1 hour ago, Ross said:

Residential permits should be banned by the Legislature. All taxpayers pay for public streets, why should only nearby residents get to use them?

Southampton uses parking permits due to the fact so many Rice students were using their streets for parking it left no room for guests or residents who needed curbside access.

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