Parking Madness: Calgary vs. Jacksonville


Parking Madness has gone international. Today we welcome our first parking crater contender from outside the United States, as Canada’s third largest city faces off against the home of the Gator Bowl. It’s Calgary versus Jacksonville.

So, let’s see what our friends up north have to contribute to the proud American tradition of parking craters. Here’s Calgary:


Pretty impressive! We don’t have much background on this entry, submitted by Dale Calkins, other than the parking crater’s obvious proximity to some of Calgary’s tallest buildings. Here’s the view of the area on Google Maps.

Can Jacksonville top that? America’s reputation is on the line here:


Nice waterfront. This is one of those entries that’s not so much a crater as an endless asphalt plateau occasionally interrupted by buildings. This parking expanse might well be visible from space.

So, which is it, Streetsbloggers? Vote below.

Which city has the worst parking crater?

  • Jacksonville (62%, 203 Votes)
  • Calgary (45%, 147 Votes)

Total Voters: 329

  • Michael Klatsky

    Consider that the parking lots in Calgary are alongside a railroad track, it is not as bad.

  • WoodyinNYC

    I’m disappointed to see Calgary with such a vast desert of parking pavement. This is a city with a strong and steadily growing light rail network.

    Jacksonville looks pretty sad, but I was in no way surprised. A shame to see their parking wasteland so close to the beautiful waterfront, but there you go.

    Still, I voted for Calgary.

  • Scott Sanderson

    Wow, that photo of Jacksonville is so depressing. The upshot is that it shows the first museum I have ever seen in the state of Florida.

  • Brad Aaron

    Another diamond in the rough:

    To be fair though, downtown St. Pete is not bad, and getting better.

  • Yikes, that’s a tough one. On the one hand, Jacksonville’s crater is clearly caused by the heinous freeways tearing through town. On the other hand, Calgary’s parking crater just goes on and on and on. It’s more like a parking rot.


    Calgary, then.

  • R.A. Stewart

    That *is* a tough one. In the end, even though it’s hard to imagine an American city not “winning” a competition like this, the sheer, staggering, oceanic vastness forces me to go with Calgary.

  • Kenny Easwaran

    The Calgary one is a long thin strip that is literally on the wrong side of the railroad tracks from downtown. It’s not really in prime development location, just because you can’t cross the tracks in very many places.

  • Fbfree

    Calgary’s downtown has one of the highest costs of parking in North America. While it’s a pretty large expanse of parking lots, they aren’t nearly as underpriced as they are in most US cities.

  • Nathanael

    FWIW, that’s the Canadian Pacific mainline running through that expanse of parking in Calgary. It used to have passenger trains. It doesn’t any more. Those parking lots probably used to be industries with sidings, or possibly railyards.