Upcoming Event

The Parking Paradox

On May 18, from 6-7:30 pm, Building a Better SLO brings Chad Lynn to discuss strategies cities can implement now to prepare for future parking needs and debunk common parking myths.

Tickets are $15 and include local appetizers as well as local wine and beer.


Even if you never drop a quarter (or swipe a credit card) in a parking meter, there is no such thing as free parking. Space for our cars to wait – on the street, in a structure or at home – is a precious commodity. How we plan for and price parking has significant impacts on equitable access, environmental health and economic vitality now and into the future.

For years, we’ve been hearing that a life less reliant on cars (and car storage) is right around the corner, and will bring with it more inclusive, pedestrian-oriented and climate friendly neighborhoods. But how should we approach parking policy between between now and then?

With more than a decade of experience in parking and public works, Lynn will share his perspective on navigating this challenge, what every city needs to be considering in the next five years, and real world examples of communities that have redefined their approach to parking with great success.

Lynn has been recognized for his expertise, customer service focus and forward thinking implementation of technology on behalf of local governments. Since the early 2000’s, Lynn has led transformative projects across parking and mobility, public works, water and special project divisions for communities including Beaverton, OR, the City of San Rafael, CA and the City of Beverly Hills, CA. Lynn began his professional career in private sector parking and logistics services for large-scale events such as the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, NASCAR and PGA Championships.


May 18, 2023

Doors open at 5:45 event starts at 6 p.m.

The Penny
664 Marsh St, Downtown San Luis Obispo

All required County of SLO COVID 19 safety protocols will be in place at the time of the event.

Bike parking available on site, Marsh St. garage is recommended for car parking

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