Parking is a contentious issue in Provo, with many residents pushing the city to impose parking space minimums on new developments, particularly those around BYU. However, in New York (and Portland), the city government imposes parking maximums.
Citizen concerns have to be met, of course, but it’s worth keeping in mind the longer-term objective: higher density communities with good walkability and little need for a car in the first place. If that’s a desirable goal — and it is, translating into wealthier and healthier communities, among other things — parking minimums may be exactly the opposite thing that we want, despite the short-term inconvenience they allegedly alleviate.
The entire article above is good and interesting, but I’d like to point out this quote, near the conclusion:
“None of this is to say parking maximums are a perfect policy. They’re certainly better for cities than parking minimums, but there’s a strong case to be made that parking should all be left up to the market.” (Emphasis mine).
This article, also from The Atlantic Cities, also discusses the dangers of driving-centric communities and may be the topic of another post.
Either way, then, Provo may currently be heading in the wrong direction. (Parking is also contentious in Provo because predatory booting companies target youth, especially in downtown, but that issue deserves its own posts.)