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City Benefits

Our goal is to improve quality of life for everyone in the city. That's a bit ambitious and covers a lot of issues, but we can at least try to do our small part. There are several areas where we can compliment the city in their goals.

  1. Maximize Urban Resources. It's absolutely vital that in an urban environment the city finds ways to maximize land use and make our infrastructure and systems more efficient. There is only so much space, so it doesn't make sense to let any of it go to waste. According to Donald Shoup, UCLA professor of Urban Planning, parking is the single biggest land use in any city. And yet private parking spaces (e.g. driveways and on-street blocking driveways), often sit unused for large portions of the day or permanently, simply because until now we've not had a way to facilitate real time coordination. There is no excuse for that anymore, Park Circa can coordinate those resources and add tens of thousands of new spaces into the public infrastructure without a large price tag for the city (e.g. $40,000/space for garage construction).
  2. Reduce Traffic & Emissions. Transportation infrastructure is maxed out in the city, roads are clogged and toxic emissions are spewed into the air we all breath. The city has an obligation to help it's citizens find alternative, healthier means of transportation that are appropriate to the types of trips that people need to make. This includes public transit, biking, walking, taxis, and private vehicles for personal or carpooling. Each mode of transportation has different applications, and they must work together to solve our transportation needs.

    The city has attempted to reduce traffic, by making car ownership unappealing via higher parking rates, stricter parking violations and fines, etc. And so it may seem that introducing more parking spaces into the infrastructure could undermine these efforts, because driving may become more appealing if parking becomes easier. However, studies have shown that in some neighborhoods, up to 45% of traffic is caused by "cruisers", people circling the block looking for parking spaces. And in downtown business districts up to 30% of emissions are caused by these cruisers. This is why cities like San Francisco are testing out technology to manage dynamic pricing on meters based on occupancy, so that there is guaranteed to always be one space open on each block. Park Circa introduces new supply to guarantee the same thing, but we do so without the high costs to the city.
  3. Speed Up Traffic. Cruisers looking for parking drive in the right lane and slow down the traffic. They are also a known hazard to pedestrians and they clog lanes and slow down city buses. By providing more parking, we can speed up traffic, which will increase the efficiency of the bus lines.
  4. Increase Business. It's in the city's best interest to increase business, and take steps that make it easier for people to go out to shops and restaurants and spend money. If parking was easier, many people who would otherwise choose to stay home, will now go out and spend money in the community, stimulating the local economy and generating tax revenue for the city. The extra Park Circa spaces are not likely to undermine the city's meter revenue, since the demand is already exceeding the supply. But instead it will just allow more people to come to the neighborhoods.
  5. Improve Quality of Life. Parking is a problem for nearly every single person living in the city. Even if they are wealthy enough to own a private space in one location, it's not always possible to find or afford a space when they go out to work or play in other neighborhoods. But by participating in space sharing, they can ensure that they have parking not just at their home, but everywhere else around the city as well.
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