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County Bd. of Arlington v. Richards

Citation: 7 ELR 20765
No. No. 76-1418, 434 U.S. 5/10 ERC 1817/(U.S., 10/11/1977)

The Court, setting aside a judgment by the Virginia Supreme Court, invalidates a regulation banning commuter parking in designated residential areas in Arlington County. The regulation does not violate the equal protection guarantee of the Fourteenth Amendment because the discrimination inherent in the ordinance bears a reasonable relation to the valid, stated objectives of reducing pollution and traffic congestion. By restricting commuter parking, the regulation encourages increased use of carpools and mass transit and improves the quality of life in residential neighborhoods. The case is remanded for further proceedings.

The brief of the United States as amicus curiae is summarized at ELR PEND. LIT. 65493.

Counsel for Petitioners
Charles G. Flinn, Deputy County Attorney
1435 Veitch Street, Arlington VA 22201
(703) 558-2705

Counsel for Respondents
Herbert C. Harper
3316 Parkside Terrace, Fairfax VA 22030
(703) 280-5126

Ray Elbert Parker (Pro Se)
7702 Shelhorn, Alexandria VA 22306

MR. JUSTICE MARSHALL would grant the petition for certiorari and set the case for oral argument.