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This Week: Parking Reform, Safer Lafayette Avenue

In 1982, the city established off-street parking maximums in much of Manhattan to reduce traffic congestion. Since then, the maximums have served as an effective check on driving in the densest part of the region, but loopholes enable developers to skirt the rules almost at will [1]. On Wednesday, the Department of City Planning will present the results of a promising study [2] on how the zoning regulations are working, and how they could be adjusted. Simultaneously, Brooklyn Community Board 2 will host a public hearing on DCP’s parking reforms for Downtown Brooklyn, which reduce but don’t eliminate parking minimums [3].

Also this week, NYC DOT shows plans for a Lafayette Avenue safety project, including bike improvements, to Brooklyn CB 2. DOT will also bring a slate of safety enhancements to Brooklyn CB 6 and CB 7.

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