Across Europe, Irking Drivers Is Urban Policy
Is the new Zoning Code in Philly going to change things like minimum parking space requirements for new developments?-- especially for projects on or close to significant public transit (all of Center City, for example). The 1200 Walnut St (Fergie Tower) project comes to mind about how messed up such a requirement is. Forget Europe, even in the U.S., some cities like Portland have instituted lower parking space ratios in their zoning codes.
Some nuggets from the article:
Globally, emissions from transportation continue a relentless rise, with half of them coming from personal cars. Yet an important impulse behind Europe’s traffic reforms will be familiar to mayors in Los Angeles and Vienna alike: to make cities more inviting, with cleaner air and less traffic.
Michael Kodransky, global research manager at the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy in New York, which works with cities to reduce transport emissions, said that Europe was previously “on the same trajectory as the United States, with more people wanting to own more cars.” But in the past decade, there had been “a conscious shift in thinking, and firm policy,” he said. And it is having an effect.
“We would never synchronize green lights for cars with our philosophy,” said Pio Marzolini, a city official. “When I’m in other cities, I feel like I’m always waiting to cross a street. I can’t get used to the idea that I am worth less than a car.”
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