“Last-Mile” Deliveries in High-Density Urban Residential Areas of Manhattan

Urban Planning Thesis

John Benjamin Woodard

David King, advisor

The goal of this research project was to identify if “last-mile” deliveries to high-density residential buildings in Manhattan have an observable effect upon the streetscape as well as the buildings themselves. This paper focused on two important components of “last-mile” deliveries – the occurrence of double-parking on the street and storage room capacity for delivery packages in the residential buildings. General observations concerning “quality-of-life” were also explored based on the presence of observable safety issues associated with delivery vehicles.

This was an exploratory research project meant to begin the conversation concerning the larger issue of “last-mile” deliveries in high-density residential areas and examine whether or not the negative externalities associated with goods movement (pollution, excess VMT, noise, safety, congestion) will become more noticeable in these locations.