“Will parking spaces in cities become more, or less, valuable in the future?” Architect This City asked. On the surface, it sounds innocent enough, but under the fresh pavement, the quiet rumble of disruption can be heard. As we’ve written about before, urban mobility in the not-too-distant-future could look quite different. ATC’s article focuses on cost, but if the cost of parking drops, how will underused parking lots and structures – the low-hanging fruit of infill development – be used?
It’s clear that the arrival of the self-driving car is only a matter time. It’s a lot less clear what kind impact it will have on the city. Urban Land Magazine‘s Patrick J. Kiger tackled this question in a recent article, where he interviewed a number of city making experts about the implications on walkability, parking, architecture and more. Generally optimistic, the article challenges us to reimagine mobility and ownership while underlining the need to plan for the soon-to-arrive self-driving car.
Indianapolis may not be the first city that comes to mind as a leader in car share systems, but last week, the city became just that. The BlueIndy system launched 25 charging stations and 50 cars, with plans scale up to 200 stations and 500 cars. But why Indianapolis? Home to many students and one the US’s worst public transit systems, BlueIndy sees strong market potential, with limited competition. An alternative to car ownership in similar cities? We look forward to the results.