Still, we’ve undervalued our curbs for decades. Most are designed and managed only for parking, or what we call the “analog curb.” And even then, we often fail to get it right. Most cities don’t price on-street parking based on the true value of demand or cost recovery, and they inadequately enforce regulations like parking time limits and loading zones…
Curb space has become an undervalued free-for-all, and cities are leaving billions in revenue on the table — revenue that could not only fund parking operations, mobility infrastructure and improvements, and even general services.
Now is the time to change that. Coupled with increasing digitalization, growing curb demand trends, and the convergence of pandemic-related parking revenue loss, cities should be motivated to rethink and improve their approach for the dynamic future of the “digital curb.”