Parking Lots Will Disappear in the Future
Whether you like it or not, there are a lot of downsides to parking lots – they are expensive to build, keep car emissions at a high level and, depending on who you ask, make the city uglier. But for the first time, it seems that we’re on the cusp of an era when cities can begin dramatically reducing the number of parking spaces they offer. Here are five reasons why.
1. More People Want to Live Downtown
According to the 2011 National Household Survey, roughly 15.4 million Canadians travel to work, with four out of every five of those commuters doing so in a private vehicle .
But if you live in the city, chances are you don’t need or want to own a car. Gas costs and the growth of public transportation might have something to do with people moving downtown, but the more likely explanation is that long commutes are unpopular.