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  • Housing Without Street Parking

    February 28th, 2017
    housing, ideas
    One of the major reasons existing residents often oppose adding more housing is that as more people move in it gets harder to find on-street parking. [1] This gives us things like requirements that there be at least one off-street parking place per unit, or just prohibitions on building out. What if, in places like Somerville where all parking is already by-permit-only, we added a new category of housing unit, one that didn't come with any rights to street parking?

    The requirements for building these would be lower, and they would end up renting somewhat more cheaply. I know a lot of people who don't own cars and walk / bike / taxi / take public transit everywhere, who I think would be happy to rent units classified this way.

    Almost everything else about cities can scale with more money, and when you build new units you get more in property taxes. The main thing that doesn't scale is space, and by allowing more people without further dividing the space we should be able to make everyone happy?


    [1] For example, my alderman's most recent monthly letter contains:

    "21 Cherry Street — 6 units. The developer wants to bulk up the building and add many bedrooms without additional parking. The neighbors are opposed and have urged the developer to scale down the plans. ...

    39 Murdock Street — 3 units. The developer is expanding a small single family with less than 1,000 square feet into a large 3-family with 10 bedrooms and almost 6,000 square feet. Neighbors are concerned about parking issues."

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