500 million spaces, 3,590 sq. miles, or an area larger than Delaware + Rhode Island

Michael Kimmelman of the New York Times examines the literally massive issue of parking lots. As found in the forthcoming study “Rethinking a Lot,” by Eran Ben-Joseph (professor of urban planning at M.I.T),  “in some U.S. cities, parking lots cover more than a third of the land area, becoming the single most salient landscape feature of our built environment.”

(image of Parking Lot at La Guardia airport taken from Google Maps)