Surface Parking

Surface Parking
Are surface parking interests blocking downtown redevelopment?
Surface parking lots:
– decrease commercial & residential densit
– decrease the city’s tax base
– increase MSD’s combined sewer outlet problems.
– increase the urban heat island.
– decrease public transit use/development.​
What measures can the city take to make surface parking interests
– invest in parking garages?
– invest in huge tree canopies over the lots?
– invest in solar panel systems over the lots?
– sell out to higher redevelopment uses?
Image above is of the intersection of First & Main (southern blocks) – over 50% of which are both covered with surface parking lots.