In this crowded parking lot frequented by busy people, often driving SUVs, something is missing: a safe and pleasant way for pedestrians to move between their cars and the building. As it is, people walk in the aisles and are sometimes hard to see by drivers backing out.
I know: We are all rushing though parking lots to get where we are going. Few of us consider that these asphalt surfaces occupy 40 percent of our urban landscape. Shouldn’t we put more effort into making these public spaces more aesthetically pleasing and environmentally friendly, as well as safe? (By the way, I think the lot in the photo could use a raised, paved walkway about 5 feet wide, right down the middle, next time it needs to be resurfaced.)
More about parking landscapes in my column and in future posts.