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Downtown Santa Monica’s Parking Past, Present and Future

Santa Monica’s vibrant downtown is one of the most successful pedestrian-oriented public spaces in the nation, despite being located in a region where ‘nobody walks.’ Downtown’s success was catalyzed by a ‘park once’ policy initiative that created a sizable reservoir of public parking over the past 60 years, including 15 publicly-operated lots and structures and thousands of on-street meters. This 1.5 mile walking tour highlights existing facilities, management and pricing strategies, while evaluating the legacy of downtown’s parking success and its relevancy to today’s mobility market, circulation trends, and recent City policy to eliminate parking requirements for all downtown development. Original facilities from the 1960s, garages recently retrofitted to enhance the pedestrian and cyclist experience, and new construction will be highlighted, along with some great views of the shimmering Pacific Ocean.

Participants in this WalkShop are welcome to stay in Santa Monica for the afternoon if travel plans permit. The City of Santa Monica staff will provide guides and recommendations for those who want to venture around solo. 


Jason Kligier, Principal Transportation Planner, City of Santa Monica


Peter James, Principal Planner, City of Santa Monica
Sal Valles, Assistant Director—Operations of Planning and Community Development, City of Santa Monica
Juan Carrero, Parking Administrator, City of Santa Monica