Surface Parking Lots

Blog post
February 16, 2016, 9am PST
Google Earth can be a useful tool for understanding how parking is being used in your community and to identify where over- or under-utilization occurs.
Jennifer Evans-Cowley
July 7, 2015, 7am PDT
For a long time, surface parking lots blanketed Maryland's Montgomery County. Developers and county officials now prioritize mixed-use infill with parking concealed underground.
WAMU
April 17, 2015, 12pm PDT
In the wealthy community of Spring Valley, just inside the western boundaries of the District of Columbia, residents are opposing a proposed development by claiming the site—a parking lot—is a historic landmark.
Washington City Paper
April 8, 2015, 2pm PDT
Angie Schmitt announces the results of the 2015 "Parking Madness" tournament, which pits the country's worst examples of parking.
Streetsblog USA
April 4, 2015, 1pm PDT
What follows is a cautionary tale of how quickly downtown investment can go astray.
Winnipeg Free Press
March 22, 2015, 8am PDT
At the edge of the Great Plains, Denver would seem to have plenty of room for everything, including parking. But a development boom in downtown Denver has reduced the number of parking lots, and the city is learning to evolve.
The Denver Post
February 28, 2015, 5am PST
It's unclear who exactly is behind the Philly Parking Wasteland website, but it is clear that the site exists to excoriate the mismanagement of land for the purposes of parking around the city of Philadelphia.
Philly Parking Wasteland
January 15, 2015, 9am PST
The San Francisco Giants are proposing a clever scheme to activate the space in one of its ballpark adjacent parking lots. The Yard, as it's called, could be ready by Spring Training.
San Francisco Chronicle
June 5, 2014, 9am PDT
Here's one you probably didn't see coming. A recent pair of articles makes the case for preservationists to find ways to protect surface parking lots.
Public History Commons
April 10, 2014, 10am PDT
A proposal to tax and eventually prohibit parking lots in Portland’s Old Town Chinatown is pitting two powerful figures in Portland’s downtown land use politics against each other.
The Oregonian
April 10, 2014, 8am PDT
Streetsblog doesn’t pull any punches with its “Golden Crater” award—an award for the worst parking crater in the country, selected by a March Madness style tournament. This year's winner/loser: Rochester, New York.
Streetsblog USA
January 29, 2013, 1pm PST
Montreal recently doubled a special tax assessed on non-residential downtown parking lots in the hopes of spurring residential development. But could the tax drive employers out to the suburbs?
The Gazette (Montreal)
January 22, 2013, 10am PST
Now that redevelopment projects in CA are officially dead, a retrospective on one of the state's 'most successful' redevelopment projects reveals an inconvenient truth: demolition for surface parking has undermined much of its accomplishments.
UrbDeZine.com
December 10, 2012, 11am PST
In Minneapolis, and cities across the country, surface parking lots are an enduring blight on urban landscapes; their presence often incentivized by existing tax structures. Could a new approach to property taxation maximize the productivity of land?
Streets MN