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An estimated 2.2 percent of the United States is covered in asphalt. Asphalt has known carcinogens (cancer causing agents) and a short life span. To reverse this trend, more permeable materials can be used for surfacing projects. Parking lots can also become more multifunctional- adding in transit stops, trail connections, bencehs, bike parking and overall becoming more of a transportation hub and providing for more transportation choices.

Reducing the ratio of parking spots to cars can be another strategy. This ratio, largely tied to zoning regulations, is as high as 7 to 1 in some communities (7 parking spots for every car). Zoning can be changed to create parking maximums, instead of the usual parking minimums and also encourage shared parking between different entities.

 


more environmentally sound car parking

Notice the reddish pavement (lower retained heat) and the dotted white parking slips (less paint, easier on the eyes).

 



 Car parking integrated with landscaping

Integrating parking and landscaping at an apartment complex

 

 


Recreation on top of a car garage

This parking lot is underground, with ball courts on top.

 

 

Flexible parking lot becomes a skatepark

There are several options for utilizing excess parking.

 

 

 Flexible parking lot becomes a farmers' market

This parking lot in Port Townsend, Washington becomes a farmers' market on Saturday mornings.

 

Links:

Housing Without Car Parking
New York Times Article