Parking Requirements and Affordability

How parking requirements hurt the poor

The South Willamette Special Area Zone simplifies and reduces (but doesn't eliminate) parking minimums in the zone. This provides another tool in the toolbox of affordability-- car ownership is expensive, and building parking costs money... forcing home owners and businesses to provide parking that may not be needed raises costs that we all have to pay.

Parking requirements reduce the cost of owning a car but raise the cost of everything else. For example, parking requirements raise the price of food at a grocery store for everyone regardless of how one travels. People who are too poor to own a car pay more for their groceries to ensure that richer people can park free when they drive to the store.
— Donald Shoup for the Washington Post