Rethinking A Lot
Parking lots account for an astonishing amount of the surface area of our cities. Be they roadside, or in multi-storey lots, they are serious business financially and aesthetically. No one claims to really like them ("oh wow what a beautiful piece of blank asphalt!"), everyone thinks they're an eyesore. But somehow, collectively, we all just accept that we need them. Are we settling? 'Oh well people need to park, best have parks available for them absolutely anywhere at absolutely any time.'
Anyway, this article in the NY Times looks to some new ideas from a range of intelligent people about what to do to make parking a bit more of a valuable part of the city, not just an eyesore we have to accept.