This video explains the history of parking policies in the United States and their impact on the environment.
Students will learn that cities need parking solutions that will allow for more housing and green space.
Students will learn that mandatory parking minimums harm the environment.
The video shows how sprawling parking lots take up space that could be used for housing.
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Social studies classes could use this video to discuss parking policies that reduce the number of cars in urban areas.
Students could research parking management strategies that create more urban green spaces, then design parking solutions for a local area.
Other resources on this topic include this interactive map that shows which cities have eliminated some or all of their parking mandates, this text on urban heat islands, and this video on underground bike parking in the Netherlands.
The video recommends a suitable parking management approach, "on-street parking," to reduce the high cost of parking and also manage space for buildings, environmental sustainability, and other land use issues. This is suitable and recommended for teaching.
Science and Engineering
ETS1: Engineering Design
MS-ETS1-1 Define the criteria and constraints of a design problem with sufficient precision to ensure a successful solution, taking into account relevant scientific principles and potential impacts on people and the natural environment that may limit possible solutions.
HS-ETS1-3 Evaluate a solution to a complex real-world problem based on prioritized criteria and trade-offs that account for a range of constraints, including cost, safety, reliability, and aesthetics, as well as possible social, cultural, and environmental impacts.
Civics & Government
Civics & Government 1 (D2): Students understand the basic ideals, purposes, principles, structures, and processes of constitutional government in Maine and the United States as well as examples of other forms of government in the world by comparing how laws are made in Maine and at the federal level in the United States.
Geography 1 (F1): Students understand the geography of the community, Maine, the United States, and various regions of the world, and geographic influences on life in the past, present, and future by using the geographic grid and a variety of types of maps, including digital sources, to locate and access relevant geographic information that reflects multiple perspectives.
Geography 1 (D2): Students understand the geography of the community, Maine, the United States, and various regions of the world, and geographic influences on life in the past, present, and future by describing the impact of change on the physical and cultural environment.
Geography 2 (F1): Students understand geographic aspects of unity and diversity in Maine, the United States, and various world cultures, including Maine Native Americans, by explaining how geographic features have impacted unity and diversity in Maine, the United States, and other nations.