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Automobile dependent landscapes

If you haven't visited North America or Australia or New Zealand maybe you are puzzled about "automobile dependence" and wonder what the fuss is about. Here are a few GoogleMaps images that might help. You can drag or zoom if you want to see the wider context or take a closer look. The Henry Farm or Yorkland Boulevard area north of Toronto. Yes, even Canada has sprawl. And yes, most of what you see in the top half of the image is open-lot parking. The eastern edge of downtown Atlanta. Giving cars easy accesss to the city centre requires this kind of thing. In the northern suburbs of Perth, Western Australia. It's the local shopping centre but do you think many would walk to it?

The high cost of cheap on-street parking - a vivid illustration

[Update: Looking for more parking policy information?   Try Reinventing Parking. ] So you think on-street parking is public property and should be free? Do you think local governments that charge for on-street parking are uncaring and money grabbing? Maybe you doubt that cheap on-street parking causes any problems? Then please take a look at Bern Grush's vivid description of the "cruising for parking" in one specific trip and all the problems it causes. The trip should have been 5km but searching for parking by driving in circles at the end made the journey 8.25km! And that is the least of the problems that Grush describes. The image above is from the post at the Grush Hour blog and shows just that last part of the journey. You couldn't ask for a better explanation of the need for performance-based pricing for on-street parking.