Just before Black Friday we asked TreeHuggers to think about Strongtown's #blackfridayparking idea, where people would go out and see if parking lots were actually full on the busiest shopping day of the year and tweet in pix. The point was to draw "attention to the harmful nature of minimum parking requirements which create a barrier for new local businesses and fill up our cities with empty parking spaces that don’t add value to our places."
Now the results are in, and they are pretty depressing. One really cannot tell whether they represent the sad state of retail in America today, or the "consumer bifurcation" I talk about in this MNN post, where the rich buy online and the poor fight over cheap flat screen TVs.
Or it could be, as Charles Marohn and StrongTowns suggest, that our parking standards are ridiculous and we don't need these oceans of asphalt. And as the economy continues to bifurcate, we will need even less of this.
I bike, and did not pass a big parking lot on Black Friday, but should have done what Tactical Urbanism author Mike Lydon did, and check out the bike parking. And I should finally review his book. See more empty lots at StrongTowns.