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Parking Madness: Newark vs. Dallas

Posted By Angie Schmitt On March 25, 2014 @ 1:45 pm In Contests,Dallas,New Jersey,Parking Madness 2014 | 21 Comments

We’re halfway through the first round of the 2014 Parking Madness [1] tournament, with Kansas City, Detroit, Chicago, and Jacksonville having advanced to the next round.

Today’s matchup pairs two very different cities with the same problem: parking craters. A reader submitted the following definition yesterday: park-ing cra-ter (noun) is “ugly, and an inefficient use of space in a downtown area.” So which city has screwed up its downtown worse?

Let’s start out by surveying the damage in Newark, New Jersey’s largest city:

newark [2]

This location [3] includes a lot of surface parking near the Prudential Center, the hockey and basketball arena that opened in 2007. It’s also near Newark Penn Station, a major transit hub where intercity trains, commuter rail, light rail, and a multitude of bus routes converge, notes submitter Michael Klatsky. What a shame.

Now let’s see what Dallas has cooked up for us.

dallas [4]

Patrick Kennedy, local planner, urban freeway teardown advocate [5], and author of Walkable Dallas Fort Worth [6], sent us this picture. The highway seems to have infected the surrounding areas with a creeping asphalt cancer. This picture is slightly outdated, he notes, although it was the best image he could find. And though Dallas has made some progress filling in the area [7] with “charity and subsidy” projects, private developers don’t seem to be interested.

“We clearly want a great, vibrant downtown to be proud of, but our transportation policy and design is not aligned with the vision and ambition for a better Dallas,” he said. “The highway has effectively created a condition where the highest and best use of land around it is surface parking and downtown on the whole as a place to drive through not to,” he said.

Dallas is a perennial city-to-beat in the race for the Golden Crater. Last year’s entry for this city, from a different part of town, went all the way to the Final Four [8].

parking_madness_2014_5 [9]

So without further ado, we ask for your vote.

Which city has the worst parking crater?

  • Dallas (67%, 246 Votes)
  • Newark (33%, 123 Votes)

Total Voters: 369

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[1] 2014 Parking Madness: http://www.streetsblog.org/category/special-features/parking-madness-2014/

[2] Image: http://usa.streetsblog.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2014/03/newark.jpg

[3] This location: https://www.google.com/maps/@40.7331835,-74.1677355,619m/data=!3m1!1e3

[4] Image: http://usa.streetsblog.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2014/03/dallas1.jpg

[5] urban freeway teardown advocate: http://www.anewdallas.com/

[6] Walkable Dallas Fort Worth: http://www.carfreeinbigd.com/

[7] the area: https://maps.google.com/maps?oe=utf-8&client=firefox-a&q=i-345+downtown+dallas&ie=UTF-8&hq=&hnear=0x864e992787c41b5b:0xe6a5152bac6837b9,Interstate+345,+Dallas,+TX&gl=us&ei=6K0xU5etJLS02AXP74D4DQ&ved=0CCcQ8gEwAA

[8] Final Four: http://usa.streetsblog.org/2013/04/05/final-four-parking-madness-matchup-milwaukee-vs-dallas/

[9] Image: http://usa.streetsblog.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2014/03/parking_madness_2014_5.jpg

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