Parking lots are the least efficient use of urban space, but many zoning codes require new developments to build them. That's changing, however, as cities across Michigan rethink how they regulate parking and update antiquated codes. These changes could have big ramifications in how residents of our car-centric state interact with downtowns. Ann Arbor recently eliminated parking minimums in order to incentivize transit and new housing construction. Hamtramck, Lansing, Howell, Grand Rapids and Traverse City either eliminated, overhauled or don’t have parking requirements in their central business districts. Detroit has been in the process of updating its zoning ordinance for the last few years and, when it’s unveiled in the next six months, will have changes to parking minimums. (Crain’s Detroit Business)

You’re invited to Outlier Media’s Open Newsroom!

If you are a Detroiter with concerns about transportation in the city, join the Outlier Media team in our newsroom from 4-5 p.m. Sept. 29 to talk about it.

Reporters and editors want to hear about your greatest needs and desires concerning the ease and difficulty of getting around Detroit. Our objective is to gather information from residents to determine what we should put in a guide about the intricacies of maneuvering transit in the Motor City. Click here to register to visit our Open Newsroom.

Right after that, you’re welcome to join the Outlier team as we hop on the QLine and head to BasBlue Detroit for the Woodward Corridor Happy Hour sponsored by QLine Detroit.