Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Reshaping the City

One of the problems with having a lot of cars in your city is that you need lots of places to store them. All that parking adds to sprawl and can create access management problems (as in access to the parking lots - frequent driveways and frequent turning vehicles which conflict with cyclists and pedestrians). Plus it's just not what you might call an 'aesthetically pleasing environment'. Parking lots are ugly. And here in the US South, they are deadly hot in the summer. Add to that, they waste valuable land which reduces property tax revenue and drives up retail costs.

So I was excited today when I read that Home Depot was planning to sell off parts of their parking lot for development. All those parking lots represent tons of redevelopment potential. I just hope that they use the opportunity to reintroduce good urban design.

Rain today - the remnants of Hurricane Ida. Not much cycling going on.

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