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Parking: Reflections on growing and developing cities

By 2040, there will be about 2 billion private cars on the road which will increase traffic and greenhouse gas emissions. This brief looks at the urban and environmental impacts of this worrying trend.

Poor urban planning and public transport means that people in developing countries increasingly relying on private cars to get around.  While parking creates considerable revenues for cities, it also takes up precious space and incentivises continued use of private cars. This then leads to increased greenhouse gas emissions which cause climate change.

This brief analyses these issues. It also includes the best-practice case studies of Pasadena and Portland (USA), and London (UK).

The case studies are useful to urban and transport planners in developing countries, such as South Africa, with their sprawling and car-dependent cities.

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Parking: Reflections on growing and developing cities

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