Changing parking rules won’t help when drivers cross the line

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.

via Changing parking rules won’t help when drivers cross the line – Houston Chronicle.

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