Cambridge has a lot of parking
Depressingly many political arguments in Cambridge are about parking. Despite this, it’s not at all obvious how much parking we already have. I’ve been interested in Cambridge’s land use and how much is eaten by cars for a long time, at least since 2021, but doing the full census I crave seems hard and expensive. After reading Henry Grabar’s new book on parking I was motivated to at least pick the low hanging fruit: I estimated the prevalence of street parking, which probably constitutes the plurality of Cambridge’s parking supply. Cambridge’s GIS department (and thus presumably the City itself) does not have any data on street parking spaces; but using their data on road centerlines and some manual data labeling, I have estimated that the city contains 31,474 non-metered street parking spaces.
Sometimes parking is a fig leaf for other concerns not expressable in polite company. ↩