Off-street parking is a land use in and of itself. Furthermore, as a consumer of urban land, it probably ranks higher as a percentage of site area than many of the land uses it is designed to serve. For example, in shopping center development it is not unusual to find parking covering 50 to 60 percent of site area, with buildings covering only 25 percent. This may be an extreme example, but it clearly illustrates the importance of well-designed parking facilities as an integral part of better land use and development. Much of the discussion in this book focuses on structured parking. It is through structured parking that the amount of land consumed to accommodate the car at rest can be reduced, thus allowing greater intensification of uses and increased densities. It is also in the area of structured parking that changes in planning and design concepts have evolved most rapidly and where future parking needs could be constrained by ill-conceived designs that do not have the flexibility to respond to change. (Author)

  • Corporate Authors:

    Urban Land Institute

    1200 18th Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20036

    National Park Association

    1101 17th Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20036
  • Publication Date: 1979

Media Info

  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Photos; Tables;
  • Pagination: 120 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00311330
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 27 1980 12:00AM