Parking is fucking retarded

Los Angeles Magazine takes a look at how parking is fucking retarded, using LA’s Walt Disney Concert Hall and its massive underground parking structure as just one prime example. Here, LA gets compared to SF:

Donald Shoup, a Yale-trained economist and former chair of UCLA’s Department of Urban Planning, loves telling this story. Gehry’s auditorium may be wonderful, says Shoup, but it is also a fine example of poor planning. The garage—designed to serve the public good—instantly made the Metro immaterial to concertgoers, placed several thousand cars on the road every week, and pumped a few hundred tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere each year. Like any parking lot entrance, the one on Bunker Hill sucked air from street life. “L.A.,” says Shoup, “required 50 times more parking under Disney Hall than San Francisco would allow at their own hall.” Downtown already had an oversupply of garages and lots where music fans could leave their cars. “After a concert in San Francisco,” says Shoup, “the streets are full of people walking to their cars, eating in restaurants, stopping into bars and bookstores. In L.A.? The bar next door at Patina is a ghost town.” Receipts that should have gone to the philharmonic’s endowment instead are funding enough parking for nearly every ticket holder to park a car every night downtown.

So San Francisco has it pretty good? I dunno. Read on for the history of parking, parking meters, parking tickets — and the possible futures of all those things too.

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9 Responses to “Parking is fucking retarded”

  1. MrEricSir says:

    If you think about it, by definition parking is storage space for cars that aren’t even being used.

    It’s an enormous waste of space.

    • Herr Doktor Professor Deth Vegetable says:

      I understand where you’re coming from, but when you think about it, you could say the same thing about everything. I mean, refrigerators are storage space for food that isn’t even being used. Kegs are storage space for beer that isn’t even being used. Houses are storage space for stuff that isn’t even being used for a lot of the day, etc, etc.

      • stencil says:

        Not to mention all those useless people that take up space, air, water, and other natural resources. I’d much rather have a car than half of the fools you see on the street.

      • MrEricSir says:

        But a lot of people do have houses, fridges, etc. that are far larger than they will ever need.

        • godamnit says:

          You must be living like a goddamn Navajo talking like that. We are all part of the earth’s decline and 6 billion people are gonna leave a mark. You can come down off your cross now, we’re all in this together.

  2. Bob Dole says:

    Im sure as shit not going to bike to the Marina.

  3. Haggie says:

    My friends in LA wouldn’t go to a restaurant if it required them to walk across the street…

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