Op-Ed: Here’s how companies can strong-arm their suppliers into cutting carbon emissions
In the middle of a busy New York City street, we’re surrounded by parking lots and vacant lots that might contain a single building or several buildings. It’s the sort of neighborhood where buildings have toppled over and burned down; where buildings have been torn down and replaced with new ones; and where buildings have been demolished in another city’s redevelopment with the only evidence of what happened having been left behind with a few bricks and mortar in the ground. It’s a place where new development goes up but nothing else.
But here’s something we are not seeing on the sidewalks here in New York City’s South Bronx: a car.
In fact, it’s hard to find an intersection in the Bronx, New York, where there isn’t a car. The roads are lined with gas stations, parking lots, drive-through restaurants, convenience stores, and other businesses that are there solely because of their proximity to the traffic lanes.
This is by design.
“The reason the city has all this traffic,” says Anthony Brindisi, a professor of environmental studies at New York City’s Queens College, “is because there is no housing for it.”
Brindisi is referring to the fact that there are few places to build housing close to the city.
In fact, in most of the city, there are many places people can live. But they can’t build there, because of the lack of parking available for them.
The reality of this situation is that the city has an empty land tax, or EPT, set at $7.95 per square foot. Every building constructed is required to have space for 100 parking spaces.
Every new building comes with the burden of supporting as many parking spaces as possible. And, of course, it is not unusual for a building to exceed 100 parking spaces. Many of these buildings have parking garages attached to them.
Every building in the city has to put some effort into making the building as parking efficient as possible. This is in part because of the EPT, but it can be done in other ways, as well.
“We have to provide as many parking spaces as we can afford to have,” Brindisi says. “We have to