23 Jun '12, 9am

"Six reasons free parking is the dumbest thing you didn't know you were subsidizing" Makes you think!

"Six reasons free parking is the dumbest thing you didn't know you were subsidizing" Makes you think!

The U.S. has as many as eight parking spaces per car. That’s more than a billion parking spaces, or one for every person in China, should they need them once they’re done buying all our post-crash assets for jiǎos on the yuán . This isn’t just overkill — it’s stupid, destructive, expensive overkill. 1. Parking spaces are bad for the environment at least three different ways , says PRI . “A recent study found that parking spaces may be just as environmentally harmful as the cars that fill them. [...] It takes a lot of energy to create a parking space, including the creation and transportation of asphalt. The asphalt also traps heat, which artificially raises the temperature of cities. This, in turn, “puts an additional load on buildings to increase air conditioning,” says [Mikhail Chester, lead author of a study from UC Berkeley on parking spaces.] Water runoff due to paved...

Full article: http://grist.org/article/2011-01-19-six-reasons-free-park...

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