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Salon: We paved paradise, So why can't we find any place to park?
We paved paradise, So why can't we find any place to park?
Because parking is one of the biggest boondoggles -- and environmental disasters -- in our country.
By Katharine Mieszkowski, Salon, Oct. 1, 2007
In Tippecanoe County, Ind., there are 250,000 more parking spaces than registered cars and trucks. That means that if every driver left home at the same time and parked at the local mini-marts, grocery stores, churches and schools, there would still be a quarter of a million empty spaces. The county's parking lots take up more than 1,000 football fields, covering more than two square miles, and that's not counting the driveways of homes or parking spots on the street. In a community of 155,000, there are 11 parking spaces for every family.
Bryan Pijanowski, a professor of forestry and natural resources at Purdue University, which is located in Tippecanoe, documented the parking bounty in a study released this September. When it made the local news, Purdue got puzzled reactions from locals. In short, they said: "Are you crazy? I can never find parking where I'm going!"
Complete article at http://www.salon.com/news/feature/2007/10/01/parking/index_np.html