How Parking Can Be Greener, Better Designed, & More Available

Jul 1, 2013

Some of you may actually be in moving cars right now, listening to this show, but the average automobile spends 95 percent of its life parked somewhere. 

Your car might be parked at work for a while, and that big employee parking lot uses up a lot of valuable space and throws off a lot of heat on summer days.

But in a whole series of other locations, planners and developers have had to provide other spaces for your car, just in case you decided to go there. All of those parking spaces cost money, and the manner in which they're built affects the environment and uses up space that could be used for other purposes. Most parking lots and garages are eyesores. Writer Tom Condon, one today's guests, says 30 to 50 percent of urban space is eaten up by cars. There has to be a better way, and today on the show, we're looking at exactly that -- how parking could be better.

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