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Houston is estimated to have 30 parking spaces for every resident

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Americans Shouldn’t Have to Drive, but the Law Insists on It

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In large part because of parking quotas, parking lots now cover more than a third of the land area of some U.S. cities; Houston is estimated to have 30 parking spaces for every resident. As the UCLA urban-planning professor Donald Shoup has written, this mismatch flows from legal mandates rather than market demand. Every employee who brings a car to the office essentially doubles the amount of space he takes up at work, and in urban areas his employer may be required by law to build him a $50,000 garage parking space.

 

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I don't think there is much question this will be approved.  I think city council has been on board and ready to approve this for quite.some time.  They've only been waiting for the mayor to put it.on their agenda.

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I suspect the reason for the delay was to make sure it passed once it came up. They've carved out the eastern half of Midtown (the area originally extended to 59), which was probably the price for someone's support.

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