Parking Minimums and the Future

An End to Parking?

Newer code suggestions for Eugene, such as in the proposed South Willamette Special Area Zone, have lower parking minimums than have been common in the past. Changing trends in driving habits indicate that this might be a good idea, as discussed in this article about the future of parking:

We are, they say, on the cusp of a new era, when cities can begin dramatically reducing the amount of parking spaces they offer. This shift is being driven by a one-two punch of social and technological change. On the social side, people are increasingly opting to live in urban centers, where they don’t need—or want—to own a car. They’re ride-sharing or using public transit instead.

And technologically, we’re seeing the rapid emergence of self-driving cars.
— Clive Thompson, Mother Jones