Professor Gabbe shares his research on how parking impacts economic growth & sustainability. His students & the community respond.

The City of San Jose is considering reducing the regulations it places on parking to allow development to occur more easily. On August 27th, the City Council will hold a study session on this. What would these changes mean? Could they be beneficial for San Jose? How will they impact the next generation of San Joseans?

Catalyze SV, TransForm & the Mineta Transportation Institute invite you to join us for a dynamic panel bringing together Professor C.J. Gabbe of Santa Clara University and his students.

The purpose of this event is to:

  • inform the community about the proposed upcoming changes to the City’s parking requirements;
  • share information with the community, based on research from Professor Gabbe, about the effects of parking requirements on communities; and
  • hear the perspectives of young people on what kind of cities they want and how parking & transportation fit into that vision

This event will be moderated by Professor C.J. Gabbe, Associate Professor in Santa Clara University’s Department of Environmental Studies and Sciences. Professor Gabbe’s past and ongoing research focuses on three major topics in modern urban planning: (1) land use regulatory effectiveness and design; (2) housing and environmental quality; and (3) climate change vulnerability.

We hope you’ll join us for this unique opportunity to engage with Professor Gabbe, a few of his current students, and recent graduates who worked with Professor Gabbe during their time at Santa Clara University as they share their insights and answer questions from you.


  • 5:30 – 5:35 pm: Participants & panelists call into Zoom; as participants enter the meeting, music plays.
  • 5:35 – 5:45 pm: Catalyze SV’s Executive Director offers welcome, requests discussion + Q&A in the “Zoom Chat” function, acknowledges & thanks co-sponsors, shares ground rules for discussion, introduces Professor C.J. Gabbe.
  • 5:45 – 6:00 pm: Professor Gabbe gives overview of his research on parking, introduces 4-6 of his students.
  • 6:00 – 6:55 pm: Professor Gabbe leads Q&A with students. Professor Gabbe will intermingle his own questions to his students with those from the audience related to cities, sustainability, transportation, & parking (audience questions can be for the students and/or Professor Gabbe).
  • 6:55 – 7:00 pm: Closing comments from Catalyze SV’s Executive Director about City of San Jose’s proposed reforms & ways for participants to get involved

Do you have questions you’d like to ask the panel? Email them ahead of time to The sooner you send in your questions, the more likely they will be answered!

Background – According to the San Jose Spotlight:

“Three out of four commuter trips in San Jose are made by one person occupying a single vehicle, according to census data. Fewer than 5% of work trips are made on public transit.

San Jose wants to change this by removing a critical part of city driving: parking spaces.

The city is considering cutting minimum parking requirements from new developments and requiring builders to enact policies that reduce the need for private vehicles…

Removing parking requirements is part of efforts to reduce the number of vehicle miles traveled in the city, according to Emily Breslin, climate manager with the San Jose Department of Transportation. She said reducing the number of vehicle miles traveled will also reduce greenhouse gas emissions, helping the city meet its climate change goals.

‘Studies have found that when you build more parking, you get an increase in vehicle miles traveled,’ Breslin said. ‘It takes up a lot of space to build a parking space, it decreases the walkability of neighborhoods, it reduces housing affordability and it increases congestion and pollution.'”

A huge thank you to our Presenting Sponsors, Mineta Transportation Institute and TransForm, as well as our Supporting Sponsors, San Jose State University’s Institute for Metropolitan StudiesSanta Cruz YIMBY & South Bay YIMBY.

Live transcription will be available.

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September 8th
5:30PM - 7:00PM
Online Event