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  • New Visuals Show Absurdity of Minimum Parking Space Requirements

    Posted in Beyond Parking on May 18, 2013

    I have long supported the idea that requiring real estate developers to include a minimum number of parking spaces encourages sprawl and discourages the use of alternative transportation. Developers must also navigate a mind-boggling variety of requirements from city to city. Inspired by Professor Donald Shoup’s 2005 book “The High Cost of Free Parking,” architect Seth Goodman has created a series of very intuitive graphs that show the wide range of requirements, and the seemingly nonsensical way different types of developments are treated. He just published the third in a five-part series, th...

  • BikeSpot Makes Biking to Work More Convenient

    Posted in Beyond Parking on May 16, 2013

    In anticipation of Bike to Work Day on Friday, we dedicated our first BikeSpot location today. Lanier developed this innovative bicycle station, which in addition to the usual bike racks, includes a self-serve fix-it station equipped with a repair rack, tools, and air pump. Jones Lang LaSalle, property manager for the Georgia-Pacific Center in Atlanta, financed the capital costs for the installation. This is a pilot project, and we hope to install more of these stations at our clients' locations in the months to come.  High-quality photos are on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/lani...

  • Part of the Gas Tax Should Pay for Alternative Transportation

    Posted in Beyond Parking on May 02, 2013

    There is an ongoing debate in this country about how to pay for our transportation infrastructure and who should pay what? Many people assume that non-drivers (bus and transit riders) do not pay their fare share and that drivers do, through fuel taxes. There is new evidence to the contrary. In a Planetizen blog post this week, Todd Lipman of the Victoria Transportation Institute points to U.S. government stats that show user fees cover a shrinking portion of the costs of roads, about half as of 2007. The rest includes non-user fees and bonds. Once you factor in the other costs of vehicular tra...

  • New Book Pushes Walkability as Key to Healthy Cities

    Posted in Beyond Parking on Apr 02, 2013

    A book published late last year should be required reading for all U.S. urban planners. In "Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time," author Jeff Speck equates walkability with a city's health, economic and otherwise. Speck proposes a 10-step plan for making cities more walkable, from building a mix of destinations within walking distance, to investing in public transit, to constructing sidewalks that are not just safe but pleasant to use. These are variations on familiar themes, but no book in recent memory so thoroughly assembles scores of studies and analyses to cre...

  • Major Cities Racing to Be the Most Bike Friendly

    Posted in Beyond Parking on Mar 15, 2013

    Over the past decade, we have heard a lot about America's transportation infrastructure and how it is in dire need of repair. We have also heard that we cannot even begin to afford to fix it. Some studies put the price tag near a trillion dollars, and that doesn't include new roads and bridges. Yet during this same period, we have seen a remarkable jump in spending on bicycle infrastructure. Cities are vying to be the next bike-friendly city. New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Portland, Minneapolis, Washington D.C., Atlanta, and many more are all in a race to be the next great cycling city. Atl...

  • Atlanta Streetcar Laying Tracks, Eying Expansion

    Posted in Beyond Parking on Mar 06, 2013

    An effort that Lanier started nearly 10 years ago reached a major milestone this week. Crews began laying track that will carry Atlanta's first streetcar line in more than 50 years. In today's front-page, above-the-fold story in the AJC, city officials are already talking of plans to extend the line, we hope along Peachtree to connect Downtown, Midtown, and Buckhead. Ideally, that line would have come first, but only the east-west tourism line earned federal stimulus funds to make it possible. See photos of the track work The story is drawing the usual complaints about boondoggles and waste, b...

  • Networked Chargers Bring Convenience and Reliability to Electric Vehicle Commuting

    Posted in Beyond Parking on Feb 12, 2013

    As Lanier's VP of Alternative Transportation, I'm always looking for ways to encourage commute alternatives. Encouraging people to drive an electric vehicle to work certainly qualifies. Yesterday, we dedicated three EV charging stations in a garage at our Atlanta headquarters. This marks the entry of ChargePoint, owner of the world's largest electric vehicle network, into the Atlanta market. This is news because these are Atlanta's first networked, searchable EV stations, and this is a market-based initiative, not a government-subsidized experiment. Lanier facilitated the placement of six Char...

  • TransportationCamp Tackles Mobility Issue with Unique Format

    Posted in Beyond Parking on Feb 05, 2013

    This Saturday night, TransportationCamp South comes to Atlanta, allowing participants to delve into the issue of transportation in a unique way, through an "unconference." Unlike a traditional conference where speakers talk and participants listen, the unconference "provides an opportunity for every attendee to be a participant in shaping and leading the event." I cannot say I have ever been to one of these unconferences, but I am certainly intrigued on two levels. First, the initiative aims to harness the talents of multidisciplinary teams such as developers, designers, journalists, project l...

  • Major Cities Privatizing On-Street Parking with Mixed Results

    Posted in Beyond Parking on Jan 28, 2013

    In the shadow of the not-so-popular Chicago parking privatization experience, other cities are grappling with the question of whether or not to privatize their on-street meter program. New York City announced today that they are not going to pursue privatization of their 85,000 on-street meters. “New York City is scrapping plans to privatize management of its street-parking system, the latest sign of growing wariness in U.S. cities of initiatives to address budget woes by selling off the rights to run meters and lots,” reports the Wall Street Journal. Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Sacramento, and Lo...

  • "Complete Streets" Not a Partisan Concept

    Posted in Beyond Parking on Oct 31, 2012

    The affluent Atlanta satellite city of Dunwoody recently approved a plan to convert a lightly used, four-lane road through a dated retail development into a two-lane, signature street, complete with sidewalks and bike lanes. The plan is designed to attract mixed-use development with office, residential, and street-front retail. This has prompted outrage from folks clinging to the concept of "capacity enhancement," meaning a preference for roads that are bigger and wider. One complainant, in a letter to the community newspaper, equated the plan with a left-wing conspiracy. "Compliments of the D...

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