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King County, Wash., Creates Residential Parking Calculator

May 3, 2013 By

Cities often overbuild on parking. Why? Because that's the way it's been done for years -- and because residential developers fear not having enough parking. 

But in the state of Washington, the King County Metro Transit agency has been working on a solution to the dilemma -- along with the Center for Neighborhood Technology and the Urban Land Institute Northwest, The Atlantic Cities reported.

For the past year, these entities have tried to measure the factors that dictate residential parking demand in the region, which resulted in the Right Size Parking Calculator web app that estimates parking demand down to a single parcel of land:

Image courtesy of Right Size Parking

How'd they come up with this information? Through a survey of 220 representative multi-family buildings from across the region. Researchers went into each building's lot in the middle of the night to count cars -- because the industry defines peak residential demand as between midnight and 5 a.m.

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Colin    |    Commented May 3, 2013

I don't understand what they mean when they parking is "overbuilt." Anyone in Seattle will tell you it's next to impossible to find a parking space. And they don't need a calculator to tell you that either.

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