Sunday, January 8, 2012

Taking Parking Lots Seriously, as Public Spaces -

 A sea of Green? A working lot at Disney World in Orlando, FlaYann Arthus-Bertrand/Altitude
THERE are said to be at least 105 million and maybe as many as 2 billion parking spaces in the United States.
A third of them are in parking lots, those asphalt deserts that we claim to hate but that proliferate for our convenience. One study says we’ve built eight parking spots for every car in the country. Houston is said to have 30 of them per resident. In “Rethinking a Lot,” a new study of parking, due out in March, Eran Ben-Joseph, a professor of urban planning at M.I.T., points out that “in some U.S. cities, parking lots cover more than a third of the land area, becoming the single most salient landscape feature of our built environment.”

Taking Parking Lots Seriously, as Public Spaces -


Hae Won Lee said...

Imagine how one-third of our land is converted into parking lots. It's too much of a waste building 8 parking lots of every car. Then why are there still plenty of parking troubles? I wonder where are all those parking spaces they are talking about.

John McGovern said...

Good observation Hae Won. Although there is tons of excess parking, people can't find it when they need it. Enter Real Time Parking Mgmt systems that display all open spaces in a designated district/city/region via app, map, or otherwise.