Thursday, August 21, 2008

Parking Paradise... Lost?

From The Stranger, Seattle's answer to our Mercury. Aah, the sweet scent of irony... They even have pictures!

Save Our Parking Lots

All across Seattle, cherished opens spaces offer residents a bucolic respite—places where hearts, minds, and spirits can soar. But Seattle’s parking lots are threatened. Seattle—formerly home to several square miles of pristine asphalt—has been losing its parking lots at an alarming rate.

Good stuff. I wish that Portland had the same "problem." Unfortunately, the Goodman family, which owns the majority of the surface parking lots in town, is not interested in selling them to developers. Instead, they offer 99-year leases to developers - but of course retain ownership of the land. To date, only a few have been redeveloped.

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