August 23, 2017

[Webinar] How Mexico City Abolished Parking Minimums, Lessons and Insights

Massive parking garages in Mexico City consume huge amounts of city space at the expense of other uses, such as housing.


Due to the earthquake in Mexico, we have rescheduled this webinar.  The new date and time is:

Thursday, October 26, 2017
10am (CDMX time).


About the Webinar

ITDP has been working to reform parking policies worldwide for over a decade as a way to shift cities toward sustainable transport. In July 2017, Mexico City Mayor Miguel Ángel Mancera announced changes in the construction code that would curtail the development of further off-street parking development. The new norm changes minimum parking requirements to maximums and puts Mexico City, the largest city in North America, far ahead of other cities in its commitment to prioritizing people over cars.

As cities grow, street space and real estate are becoming ever more valuable. However, outdated land use regulations still require developers to build huge amounts of parking for residential and commercial buildings, regardless of factors such as car ownership, proximity to transit, and market demand. This led to a  host of negative consequences, including incentivizing driving, generated unwanted congestion, and reducing the space available for more important purposes, such as housing, transit, and public space.

ITDP Mexico has been at the forefront of advocating for rational changes to parking regulations. Through a cooperation with the Ministry of Urban Development and Housing (SEDUVI), the ITDP Mexico team developed the seminal report Less Parking, More City that compiled strong evidence for changing construction  regulations. More than 40% of new developments in the city center was being allocated for off-street parking rather than other desirable uses. This stark preference in the codes for parking was counter to the aim of creating a more inclusive and equitable city, leading the Mayor to change course.

This webinar will discuss the findings of Less Parking, More City, how the land use regulations in Mexico City were changed, the process of raising awareness about off-street parking and lessons that could be useful to other cities.


RSVP for the webinar here.


About the Presenters

Bernardo Baranda | ITDP Regional Director, Latin America

Bernardo oversees ITDP programs in Latin America and has been deeply involved implementing global best practices in sustainable transport for over a decade. Bernardo has been involved in urban sustainable mobility projects in the private and non-governmental sectors. He is also a professor at Centro University in Mexico.

Bernardo holds master’s degrees in Transport Engineering from IHE-TU in Delft, The Netherlands, and in Management and Implementation of Development Projects from UMIST in Manchester, United Kingdom. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM).


Andrés Sañudo | Founder and Head of Espacio Justo

Andrés Sañudo is the Founder and Head of Espacio Justo, a long-term real estate investment vehicle in Mexico that helps reduce spatial inequality while keeping attractive levels of returns for investors. He worked at the ITDP Mexico City office from 2011 to 2015, where he oversaw local efforts to reform on- and off-street parking. He was the lead coordinator of ITDPs off-street parking reform campaign “Less Parking, More City.”

Andrés holds an Msc in International Real Estate and Planning from the Bartlett School of Planning at the University College London in the United Kingdom. He earned his Bachelor’s in Applied Mathematics at ITAM in Mexico City.


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