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“Buffalo Becomes First City to Bid Minimum Parking Goodbye”

CityLab (from The Atlantic) has spelled out some of its own insight into the recent signing of The Green Code. The article makes some interesting observations as it breaks down certain aspects of the code, for those unfamiliar with it. The conversation primarily delves into parking, an issue that has plagued this city for years. The Green Code will finally alleviate much of the unnecessary parking requirements that have gone hand in hand with past developments.

Buffalo is removing parking minimums city wide. Critics of the Green Code find that these changes might create an affordable housing crises. Before the code was signed, advocates were pushing for inclusionary zoning. That’s coming from one segment of the population. In the meantime, for another segment of people, being the first to “bid minimum parking requirements goodbye” is a good thing, and something that should have happened years ago.

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  • breckenridge

    Their ‘red’ map of parking is interesting, however the color coding is a big misleading. It is coloring buildings that have their own underground parking as ‘parking ramps’. I know they’re trying to get their point across – and it is a valid one – but its being a bit disingenuous.

    • Bringing back Buffalo

      I was going to say the same thing. It’s not even close to being accurate. Some of the red are actually small pocket parks and others (Cobble Stone) are just completely inaccurate.

  • eagercolin

    The terribly written second paragraph makes it sound as if people were claiming that eliminating parking minimums was linked to a lack of affordable housing. It isn’t.

    Also, “crises” is plural, so “an affordable parking crises” makes no sense.

    • Wise Profit

      “as if people were claiming that eliminating parking minimums was linked to a lack of affordable housing.”
      No they really were making that exact claim, they go into futher detail in the article and it makes sense considering that most new apartments in renovated buildings (those that would have difficulty meeting parking requirements if renovated) are targeted to high end clientele.

  • Bringing back Buffalo

    “The conversation primarily delves into parking, an issue that has plagued this city for years. ”

    Factually inaccurate statement. Parking doesn’t even make the top 20 list of issues that have plagued the city over the past X amount of years.

  • Me

    Whats the definition of a “parking minimum?”

    • G Orty

      Parking minimums are the number of surface or other parking spaces that are required of any development, based on the area of building being developed. One could apply for variances to reduce this required minimum, but typically the point is that for every square foot of building, a set amount of parking must be assigned.