San Francisco Looks at Congestion Pricing; Maybe We Can Look at Parking Requirements


San Francisco is doing preliminary studies for what would be the US's first congestion pricing scheme. With about half of San Francisco's density, we're still struggling with ideas like congestion parking. But we certainly have a stake in San Francisco's experiment. Having a nearby city that has taken down its waterfront freeway and capped downtown parking without sparking an urban mobility apocalypse makes it easier for us to take small (easing parking requirements that drive up housing prices and result in ugly townhouses) and, I suppose, not-so-small (getting rid of the viaduct) measures toward a more enjoyable and less car-dependent city.

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