This Week: Rethinking Off-Street Parking in NYC

Mandatory parking minimums raise construction costs, restrict the supply of housing, and help put rents out of reach. Photo: Google Street View
Mandatory parking minimums raise construction costs, restrict the supply of housing, and help put rents out of reach. Photo: Google Street View

Later today, NYU’s Furman Center, the Institute for Transportation & Development Policy, and Transportation Alternatives host “The High Cost of Off-Street Parking,” a panel discussion on off-street parking policy.

In most of New York City, new development is required to include a minimum number of parking spaces, each of which costs tens of thousands of dollars to build. These parking requirements increase traffic, drive up the cost of construction, and make housing less affordable.

The panel at NYU starts at 4 p.m. today and will explore the full costs of off-street parking in NYC and consider how the city can reform its current parking policies. RSVP requested.

Here are this calendar week’s highlights. Check the full calendar for more info on these and other events.

  • Today: ITDP, TransAlt, and NYU’s Furman Center host “The High Cost of Off-Street Parking.” NYU School of Law’s Greenberg Lounge, Vanderbilt Hall, 40 Washington Square South. 4 p.m. RSVP here.
  • Also today: Join Riders Alliance in the Bronx to talk with Bx7, Bx10, and Bx20 riders about improving bus service. 231st Street and Broadway. 5:30 p.m. Registration info here.
  • Wednesday: NYC DOT, DDC, and New York State DOT hold a Downtown Brooklyn neighborhood transportation forum. Topics will include traffic-calming near the Brooklyn Bridge, the rebuilding of the BQE, and the Kosciusko Bridge replacement project. Dibner Library, Pfizer Auditorium, 5 Metrotech Plaza. 6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday: DOT hosts an open house on its plan to manage truck traffic. 1 Albemarle Rd, Brooklyn. 7 p.m. RSVP info here.
  • Saturday: Brooklyn CB 17 holds a forum on transportation projects in Flatbush. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call the board at 718-434-3072 for more details.

Watch the calendar for updates. Drop us a line if you have an event we should know about.

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