The Slow Evolution From Surface Parking to Garages

Lisa Gray paints a picture of downtown Houston's inexorable evolution from a city full of ground level parking lots to a denser metropolis where multi-level garages are commonplace.

Gray writes, "...garages are worth thinking about. Maybe more than any other kind of building, they show the city that we're becoming: a city that's growing up in a different way than the old-style cities of Europe and the East Coast. Instead of starting out with a tight-packed core and then sprawling, we started out sprawling, and are now developing tight-packed cores.

We're squeezing more people into less space - and at least for now, garages allow us to do that without giving up our cars."

Full Story: Garages tell city's story

Comments

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Cost barrier to building garages?

Has anyone founds ways to get past the cost barrier typically associated with building more parking garages, since they cost much more than lots? Are there any particular sources of funding that help with their construction?

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