Every Houston driver has stories of parking spots lost to luckier motorists, poor parking jobs that take up two spaces and signs that thwarted a tantalizingly close spot. Houston’s first tweak of its parking ordinance in more than 20 years, under consideration by the City Council, would change the requirements for planning a parking lot and how many spaces a business needs. But it won’t provide a magic wand for getting the right space at the right time.
Drivers will still prowl parking lots looking for close spaces and drive slowly down side streets seeking a spot to pull in. Small changes, like a reduction in dedicated spaces some property managers are seeing, might help in some places. But any change, whether it comes from regulations or driver attitudes, is likely to happen slowly.