Ann Arbor abolished parking minimums last week, relieving building owners of the burden to incorporate parking into new developments. The amount of parking in the city will essentially now be left up to market forces. The goal, according to one city councilperson, is to reduce costs on businesses and make the city more walkable. There’s been lots of research about how parking requirements are the least efficient form of zoning — much of the time they sit empty and unused. It will be interesting to see whether this experiment influences other Michigan municipalities. (PlanetizenThe Handbuilt City)