Parking as Cancerous Blight

From the L.A. Times comes an excellent summary on why parking is an awful, no-good, cancerous blight on our landscapes.

In Manhattan a small portion of the population owns cars—it’s too expensive to park them. L.A. has the highest density of parking spaces in the world. “You can’t have the number of cars we have in L.A. without our parking lots,” says Shoup. “And you can never create urban density with the parking lots we’ve built.” They make driving too easy.

The articles goes on to also discuss the manners in which parking spaces are literal dead-spaces in an urban landscape. They do nothing except allow you to abandon your car momentarily and contribute nothing more to the surrounding area.

The good news is that free parking might be losing its appeal among the younger generations.


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