There’s been a surge in new apartment construction this year, and many of the proposals are targeted at that Portlandia ideal — ditching the car and walking, biking or taking transit to work.
Until recently, developments without resident parking were legal but rare, reined in by the profit-seeking sensibilities of developers and their lenders. Now, more than two dozen such apartment have been proposed or recently built in Portland.
But a city of Portland studyreleased this week suggests that no-car households are the exception, not the rule, even in apartments that don’t provide parking. And those vehicles have to go somewhere.
The study gives new weight to neighbors’ concerns that residential streets in some areas will soon be overrun by renters’ cars, and a public forum on Tuesday will further explore the issue as the city decides whether new rules are needed to address the trend. Read More – Oregonlive.com>