Do we really need that much parking? #BlackFridayParking tackles the issue

Do we really need as much parking as we have? Is there a better way we could use that space? A hashtag campaign on Black Friday is designed to spur conversation on the issue.

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(Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
(Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Strong Towns — an organization that promotes sustainable development — is having its fourth annual #BlackFridayParking social media event, which it hopes calls attention to the “excessive amount of parking” in the U.S., the group’s founder, Charles Marohn, wrote on the Strong Towns blog.

During the event, Strong Towns encourages people to take photos of empty parking lots on the day seen by many as the benchmark for maximum parking capacity, then post the photos on social media with the tag #BlackFridayParking.

In his blog post, Marohn argues that parking is costly, both to build and maintain, and lowers a city’s tax base. He also said it “fragments neighborhoods and makes them less walkable,” which can have a negative effect on small businesses.

Here are a few posts from last year:

Read more from Strong Towns about Black Friday Parking.