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Parking rules seen as barrier to affordable housing

Evanston Now | March 30, 2016

A new study from the Center for Neighborhood Technology says government rules continue to force housing developers to provide an excessive amount of parking, which inflates housing costs.

The latest study looked at 40 market-rate and subsidized housing developments in Chicago and found that at 4 a.m., when most tenants have parked their cars and are asleep in bed, many parking spaces remain empty.

The developments studied provided on average two parking spots for every three units, but at 4 a.m. only half the available slots were filled.

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One Third of Apartment Building Parking Spots In Chicago Go Unused

WBEZ Chicago | March 30, 2016

It’s hard to believe there might be too much parking in Chicago, but a new study out from the Center for Neighborhood Technology found that roughly one third of parking spaces in apartment buildings in the city are going unused. 

The study says this surplus of spaces can lead to inflated rent prices, less “walkable” neighborhoods and less space for retail, services and amenities. 

The author of the study “Stalled Out” joins us to discuss the relationship between empty parking spaces and neighborhood affordability. 

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CTA Reports Huge Ridership Gains on Blue Line, Losses on South Side

Streetsblog Chicago | March 29, 2016

New ridership numbers for the Chicago Transit Authority’s ‘L’ stations show some interesting changes over the past 17 years. The increases in ridership at some stations have been obvious, but the decreases at other stations are a little surprising.

Last year the CTA’s ‘L’ had its highest-ever total recorded ridership. From November 1998 to November 2015, the earliest and latest years for which complete weekday ridership data is available on the Regional Transit Authority’s Mapping and Statistics data warehouse, known as RTAMS, ‘L’ ridership increased by 43 percent.

The Paulina Brown Line station has seen a 66 percent increase since 1998. The Center for Neighborhood Technology published a study last year showing an 11-percent increase in population within a half mile of the stop from 2000 to 2011. A new TOD building with 36 units, currently under construction next door, will definitely help ridership.

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Study: Chicago is Over-Building its Residential Parking

Curbed Chicago | March 28, 2016

For years, developers of multi-unit buildings in Chicago had been typically required to build at least one space per household. That number, according to a recent study from the non-profit Center for Neighborhood Technology, is too high. The center based its findings by recording parking use in residential garages at a variety of locations and price points across Chicago last summer. Adjusted for building occupancy levels, they found that roughly two-thirds of the parking spaces in their 40 building sample group were being utilized, according to a Chicago Tribune report.

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CNT: There’s Only One Parked Car for Every Three Units at Local Buildings

Streetsblog Chicago | March 28, 2016

A new report from the Center for Neighborhood Technology quantifies something that we already suspected to be true: Apartment buildings in the Chicago area tend to have way too much off-street car parking. The report, titled Stalled Out: How Empty Parking Spaces Diminish Neighborhood Affordability, points out that, since parking spots are surprisingly expensive to build, this surplus of spots drives up housing costs.

CNT has done similar parking studies in the San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington, D.C. metro areas, including the creation of development of tools for predicting “right-size parking” in the latter two cities. This time around, they looked at 40 multiunit buildings on the North, South, and West Sides of Chicago, as well as northwest, west, and southwest Cook County suburbs, according to transit-oriented development manager Kyle Smith, the report’s author.

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Chicago has apartment building parking glut, study shows

Chicago Tribune | March 27, 2016

Drivers stuck endlessly circling the block in search of a space may curse Chicago's lack of parking, but a new study says the city has too much of it — at least at apartment buildings.

Mandated parking garages and surface lots at apartment buildings across the city were on average one-third empty, wasting space that may make neighborhoods more expensive and less walkable, according to the report by the nonprofit Center for Neighborhood Technology.

"There's too much parking," said Kyle Smith, the center's manager of transit-oriented development who wrote the report. "It drives up market-rate development and it's harder to build affordable buildings with parking."

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