The End of [car parks] – The Urbanist – Medium
Eric Carlson Is it time to change the face of parking in the U.S.?
“It’s no secret in the development world that parking lots are just land banks just waiting to be turned into something else…”
Eric Scharnhorst, Data Scientist at Parking Mill
One byproduct of the time the United States has spent in quarantine are the empty roads, parking lots, and parking garages. All of a sudden, people are driving, parking, and moving around less.
One of the few benefits of this crisis is that cities once clogged by pollution have seen clear skies and better air. Places choked with traffic and road rage are now wide open and generally less busy. Once full parking lots in urban areas are now just strange, empty swaths of asphalt gleaming in the sun.
An extreme example of this is one particular city in India, where residents saw mountains in the distance that some lifelong residents of the area had never seen before. The Himalayan mountain range had been obscured for nearly 30 years by pollution: