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What I'm saying is that you can't assume that parking minimums will create built environments hostile to other forms of transportation.

And what I'm saying is that you can't assume that a lack of parking minimums will create built environments hostile to driving.

You keep ignoring the initial point, which is:
1. parking minimums mean more parking spaces
2. more parking spaces encourages more people to drive (because it's more convenient than it was)
3. more cars means that some people at the margin will feel uncomfortable walking and now are "forced" to drive.

In the same way, the obverse is true:
1. Eliminating parking minimums means fewer parking spaces
2. This makes driving less convenient
3. This means some people at the margin won't put up with that inconvenience and are "forced" to find another way to travel

Also depending on the level of parking minimum, the parking puts the entrance to places in a less convenient location for pedestrians or makes them travel further, which has the same "forcing" effect on the margin.

The only difference is you see driving as a "good" thing/the default and therefore people choosing not to drive because it's inconvenient is "forcing" someone to do something, while people choosing to drive rather thank walk/transit because that's inconvenient is just a "choice."

by MLD on Jan 10, 2013 4:38 pm • linkreport

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