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UWS Streets Renaissance: Double Parking

In the first of many shorts we will present over consecutive days, The Open Planning Project's Executive Director Mark Gorton tours the streets of the Upper West Side with neighbor Lisa Sladkus pointing out problems in advance of the important November 6th livable streets event. Today's topic is: Double Parking.

Parking policy is one of the biggest challenges that faces New York City and the rest of the U.S. In this related StreetFilm, Donald Shoup explains how responsible pricing can solve the woes of double parking and pollution, while raising revenues that can be re-invested in communities.

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Mark Gorton: [00:08] Here behind me you have a double-parked van, and it’s something that happens so often that no-one even bothers to think about it. And you can see this guy here, he delivers plate glass. So this is a pretty high priority trip there, yet he’s forced to park illegally because the curb space is so incredibly underpriced. So why are we giving a discount on public space to a guy driving in a giant SUV from Connecticut?

Lisa Sladkus: [00:40] The other thing that this double-parked car is doing is as we just saw bikes going by, it forces the bikes into another lane of traffic which creates another very dangerous situation.

Mark Gorton: [00:51] So here we are on West 87th Street between Columbus and Amsterdam. This is the street I live on. What you have now thanks to the double parking of the trucks is a form of naturally occurring traffic calming.


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