A French bill would slash thousands of parking spaces to address climate change. Subway stations cost more to built in New York City than in comparable major cities. Houston’s highway project aims to make the downtown more walkable, but many people are skeptical.
France may lose thousands of parking spaces: A transport bill in France is making its way through the parliamentary process, aiming to alleviate the nation’s traveling woes, especially outside large cities. A proposed amendment to the bill would make it illegal to park within five meters of a pedestrian crossing to promote visibility. In Paris alone, this would get rid of 7,000 parking spaces. (The Local, France)
Why NYC can’t have nice things: It costs three times more to build a subway station in New York City than in London or Paris. New York’s East Side Access project will construct four miles for LIRR for $7.3B, while London’s entire 14-mile megaproject will cost $10B. (Josh Barrow | Intelligencer)
Houston’s highway transformation: The North Houston Highway Improvement Project (NHHIP) is Houston’s biggest infrastructure project in decades. Estimated to cost $7B to $10B, the hope of the project is to knit downtown back with its surrounding neighborhoods and increase walkability. Critics worry that the project would increase traffic and add to flooding problems. (William Fulton | Kinder Institute)
A new approach to regional economic development: As cities try to address the demands of diverse populations, they require strategies to accomplish different development goals at once. To address this need, Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program worked alongside Portland Metro to develop the Economic Value Atlas (EVA), which aims to better align economic development, regional planning, and infrastructure investment. (Adie Tomer | Brookings)
Carmel’s bold new corridor: Carmel, a suburb of Indianapolis, is revolutionizing its downtown to fit a growing population and economy. The complete street and public space cost $23M but is already paying itself off, attracting $175M in private sector redevelopment nearby before phase one of the project is even complete. (Robert Steuteville | CNU Public Square)
Quote of the week
“[Pollster] Baldassare said it’s possible that lawmakers heard from those most passionately opposed to SB 50, whose views did not reflect the broader public sentiment.”
Housing reporter Liam Dillon in the Los Angeles Times discussing a new PPIC poll showing 60% of Californians support new housing near transit.
This week on the podcast, we talk with Kendra Freeman of the Metropolitan Planning Council in Chicago about equitable transit-oriented development on bus and rail corridors.