Saturday, February 28, 2009

Putting Parking in its Place

Parking spaces usually diminish public spaces -- but it doesn't have to be that way.
according to Ethan Kent , and The Project for Public Spaces.

The real shortage, Kent has found, was of places for people to go, not spaces to park.

"The realization that creating a place where people want to come and spend time is more important than parking unfortunately eludes many municipalities. ...parking is taking over our communities. So how can we put parking in its place and draw people back to public spaces?"

These are pictures of Bothell's Country Village, a minimall with a different sort of "floorplan." It makes room for cars, but the cars are secondary to the buildings and the life that goes on around them.

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