Parking Lots

March 3, 2015, 12pm PST
Historic planning documents, like those found in the APA's Planning Advisory Service, are full of lessons about how past planning doctrines failed their intentions, and it's always a good time for planners to re-evaluate their antecedents.
Strong Towns
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 26, 2015, 11am PST
New apps have the potential to influence a fundamental shift in the political and physical realities of parking according to a recent Next City article.
Next City
November 14, 2014, 11am PST
ProMedica is a locally owned nonprofit healthcare organization that is in the process of moving 900 employees from various suburban locations in the Toledo area into its newly renovated riverfront headquarters in Downtown Toledo.
The Toledo Blade
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 12, 2014, 5am PDT
To create more active and economically healthy downtowns, cities are seeking development on parking lots.
Newsweek
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
March 12, 2014, 5am PDT
Fast Co.Exist presents the work of the Long Island Index, which recently undertook a creative problem solving exercise to explore ways that suburban parking lots could encourage more walkable conditions.
Fast Co.Exist
June 20, 2012, 5am PDT
While some may argue that an award-winning parking project is any that doesn't get built, the International Parking Institute has identified projects from across the country that have taken parking lot innovation to the next level.
The Atlantic Cities
March 27, 2012, 10am PDT
Eran Ben-Joseph pens an opinion piece in <em>The New York Times</em> calling for the transformation of the parking lot to capture its true value as a public space.
The New York Times
January 7, 2012, 9am PST
With perhaps as many as 2 billion parking spaces in the US, planners and architects should "take seriously" the parking lot as an actual, useful public space.
The New York Times
July 21, 2011, 6am PDT
Though much of its urban form requires a car to traverse, a few new projects in Miami are shifting the city away from its past of parking lot sprawl.
Wallpaper
July 20, 2011, 1pm PDT
Cities plan to cut off individual parking garages is a gamble, says Josie Garthwaite in National Geographic -- yet making it impossible to park is one of the few yet most effective tools that reduces driving.
National Geographic
July 9, 2011, 1pm PDT
New parks -- even very small ones -- can have a major impact on the way cities and communities are revitalized, according to this post.
Planet Forward
June 17, 2011, 2pm PDT
DJDave, aka David Wittman, spoofs L.A. culture and the politics of the parking lot in this clever video.
YouTube
January 12, 2011, 11am PST
Beyond the fact that supplying lots of parking encourages driving, a new study quantifies the environmental impact of parking lot construction.
The Infrastructurist
November 8, 2010, 10am PST
A meeting last week at the Regional Planning Commission attracted dozens of speakers angry with L.A. County's plans to change the zoning around the marina to allow new development of apartments and retail spaces.
The Los Angeles Times
June 22, 2010, 8am PDT
A new Safeway in Washington, D.C. is breaking the mold in grocery design by tucking the parking away behind the entrance and putting the market upstairs in a 2-story building, with smaller shops for lease on the street.
The Washington Post
June 8, 2010, 6am PDT
Lester Brown of the Earth Policy Institute proposes renovating city parking lots into actual parks would go a long way to improving the air quality of cities.
AutoBlogGreen
February 22, 2010, 8am PST
This post from <em>The Overhead Wire</em> looks at the impact of parking lot sprawl in American downtowns -- and finds a striking resemblance between those downtowns and bomb-ravaged cities from World War Two.
The Overhead Wire