Tags: Parking

California gives BART control over development at its stations

California gives BART control over development at its stations

BART can draft plans to fill empty station parking lots with dense housing and shops, under a state law that Gov. Jerry Brown signed late Sunday. The bill empowers the transit agency to zone its properties — an estimated 250 acres of blank asphalt — and limits cities’ ability to delay or obstruct development. “We… READ MORE

Trend alert: The beautiful impact of biophilic design

Trend alert: The beautiful impact of biophilic design

As we move towards a future of driverless cars, shrinking parking lots, and smart, connected buildings, there’s another quiet trend taking root: biophilic city planning and building design. Biophilic design is bringing nature back into urban areas, balancing all that concrete and steel with more living plants, water, sunlight, and natural materials. It’s a way… READ MORE

City Planners, Property Developers Fuel Push for Driverless Vehicles

City Planners, Property Developers Fuel Push for Driverless Vehicles

Increasing autonomous ride-sharing could reduce the need for parking spaces—and make denser, more profitable developments possible Six years after Nevada became the first state to allow driverless cars on public roads, real-estate developers and city planners around the country are stepping up their efforts to court pilot projects. In downtown Las Vegas, for example, a… READ MORE

Downtown San Jose’s Bank of Italy development venture expands

Downtown San Jose’s Bank of Italy development venture expands

The realty investment group leading a far-reaching upgrade of the Bank of Italy building in downtown San Jose has purchased a big surface parking lot next to the historic office tower. The site could benefit the property entrepreneurs in multiple ways. For now, it’s a cash-creating parking lot that fronts on South Second Street, just south… READ MORE

California’s Love of Cars Is Fueling Its Housing Crisis

California’s Love of Cars Is Fueling Its Housing Crisis

In Los Angeles, it’s perfectly legal to build a new apartment without a refrigerator, a balcony, or air conditioning. But you can’t build one without plenty of parking. In most cases, in fact, you have to build at least two spaces per unit — and no fudging with tandem or compact spaces. That makes housing much… READ MORE