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Imagining Alternate Uses for Surface Parking

By Eric Richardson
Published: Friday, March 03, 2006, at 12:13AM

The other day Curbed LA linked to a really interesting proposal to turn surface parking lots to alternate uses in off-peak times. The proposal, developed as a graduate thesis by USC landscape architecture student Veenu Jayaram, would use the lots for parking during the work-week and turn them into parks and recreational courts during the off-peak.

I don't know what the number is these days with lots starting to disappear to development, but I remember hearing that something like 60% of Downtown's real estate was devoted to parking. As land becomes more valuable the percentage devoted to surface parking is certain to lessen, but it would be interesting to see more on what kind of funds it would take to convert traditional surface parking into these more fanciful and livable concepts.

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