The land space devoted to parking in Midtown Atlanta
Red Squares Indicate Land that is 100% Dedicated to Parking in Midtown Atlanta
This is a (maybe) extreme example, but it is very illustrative.
One of the conundrums of Atlanta.
Central Midtown and Downtown have the most ped-friendly street grids in the city and the best transit access, with multiple bus routes and train stations. But thanks to the gulf of car infrastructure that is our city-dissecting interstate — together with the remnants of ill-conceived urban renewal schemes from the 70s and 80s — they’re also the areas in Atlanta most riddled with parking facilities.
These facilities stifle good urbanism by hindering walkability and streetscape vitality. I enjoy living in historic Downtown Atlanta and being able to walk places here. But I realize that the overall Downtown area would be more attractive to potential residents and more friendly to visitors if there weren’t so many blocks taken up by the faceless, soulless facades of parking decks and surface lots.