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Developers are pushing for updates to the city’s parking regulations, but even if the the industry could convince the city to reduce parking requirements, car usage is cultural in Los Angeles. Without adequate parking on multifamily projects, developers may find challenges leasing units upon completion. In the interim decade or decades before cars become obsolete, replaced by either an efficient public transit system or driverless cars, developers will need to find a stepping stone between expensive subterranean parking or bulky surface area parking and no parking at all.

“People are welcoming a denser lifestyle in this city,” Simon M. Aftalion, development director at Markwood Enterprises, tells GlobeSt.com. “Developers are seeing that shift, and they are revisiting how to park these sites. Even if we can incentivize the city’s planning department to require less parking, you still need to consider how you will lease those units in a city where most people have a car. “It is definitely a slow dance towards trying to figure out how to park in a non-traditional way.”

Kelsi Maree Borland

Kelsi Borland is a freelance writer and editor living whose work has appeared in such publications as Travel + Leisure, Angeleno and Riviera Orange County.

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