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Parking and Housing

Just some links I was perusing a bit today. Started with: r/UrbanPlanning discussion of The Case for Unbundling Parking and Housing Excerpt: I actually think the big issue is that the people who matter (politically) overwhelmingly live a fully car dependent lifestyle in fully car dependent suburbs. When your only option is to drive everywhere you are negatively impacted by restrictions on driving or parking anywhere. And when your view is the one that counts, you tend to get what you want. !!This is why my perspective matters: I don't drive and haven't for years.!! The Case for Unbundling Parking and Housing That links to: Landlords in Seattle Can’t Force Renters to Pay for Parking Anymore Excerpt: Minimum parking requirements were also cut in half for below-market housing construction: from one space for every three units, to one space for every six. In addition, the new rules expand the areas of Seattle where no parking is required. Prior to the cha
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Modern American Suburbs

In a nutshell, America had a huge pent up demand for housing because of the Great Depression which immediately preceded WW2. Large numbers of American men served in the military during WW2, nominally granting "all" of them the same benefits, including access to help with mortgages. In practice, this mostly went to white soldiers. The Birth And Death Of America's Oldest Suburb is about Levittown. Levittown gets its name from its builder, the firm of Levitt & Sons, Inc. ... which built the district as a planned community for returning World War II veterans between 1947 and 1951. Levittown, New York The G.I. Bill aimed to help American World War II veterans adjust to civilian life by providing them with benefits including low-cost mortgages, low-interest loans and financial support. African Americans did not benefit nearly as much as White Americans. Historian Ira Katznelson argues that "the law was deliberately designed to accommodate Jim Crow". In