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Parking ratios in Los Angeles have declined only slightly since 2000. According to the latest research on mobility from CBRE, Los Angeles parking ratios have declined from 3.6 from 2000 to 2010 to 3.5 from 2010 to today. The market has trends behind other major metros in terms of parking ratios. Despite the push toward public transit options, live-work-play communities and alternative forms of transportation, like ride sharing and bike rentals, Los Angeles remains a car-centric city.

“Parking is still critically important in markets like Los Angeles where the vast majority of workers commute via vehicle,” Andrea Cross, Americas head of office research at CBRE, tells GlobeSt.com. “The percentage of commuters in the Los Angeles-Orange County metro area that traveled to work alone in a vehicle actually rose by 80 basis points to 74.6% between 2013-2016, the greatest increase among the largest U.S. office markets, underscoring the need for landlords to provide adequate parking to tenants. This is especially true in suburban areas that lack public transit options. Prevailing parking ratios for Los Angeles suburban office properties range from 3.5-5.0 spaces per 1,000 square foot., compared with 1.0 space per 1,000 square foot in downtown Los Angeles, where public transit is more readily available.”

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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