The Car-Free Housing Contract

Photographer: Jim Pickerell, Source: National Archives and Records Administration

Is a parking spot an amenity or a right to a renter in Los Angeles? By requiring developers to provide up to two parking spots per unit in every new development, Los Angeles has decreed that parking is an inalienable right. It doesn’t matter if you move closer to work, sell your car, buy a metro card or even don a bike helmet, you can’t unbundle the cost of parking from the cost of housing. By failing to reform archaic parking requirements for builders, the City of LA is simultaneously putting a huge extra cost on new housing development and reinforcing car dependency.

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