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Small apartment complexes still have a parking requirement.
So why are we removing the requirement for just one specific category of housing? It would seem that the rules should apply to all forms of housing equally.
Opportunity - a parking spot is 10' by 20'. Rent it for $200 a month, to building owners or nearby residents. Or make it into storage units for building owners or neighbors for $5-$1.25 per square foot per month - what you would pay for self storage in Portland.
Excrement - neighbors will oppose all new multi-unit construction and vote you out of office. When the existing self storage buildings are torn down to build something useful, where will all the small unit renters store their things?
Built without, the parking and storage opportunity is lost for the life of the building, but the stink remains.
Maybe people will decide not to buy and keep as much stuff if it's not easily stored.
Maybe people will decide not to own a car if it's too difficult to park, while at the same time Uber/Lyft, transit, walking, and biking become easier due to density and transit infrastructure improvements.
Maybe people who need parking right next to their unit for work or other purposes will pay the premium for a unit that has such an option, rather than requiring all units to have them at additional expense regardless of need.
This shit is only a problem for people who can't possibly imagine changing their own personal lifestyle, regardless of the collective benefits to the city.
Let me see if I can find my sympathy for those people...hmm...oh, I couldn't find any storage for it so I threw it away since I didn't really even need it. So easy!
I foresee many cars sitting 4 or 5 blocks away from these condos for days at a time getting broken into.