We’re looking for 16 parking scars blighting American downtowns. One will advance through our bracket to achieve lasting infamy — and hopefully some hometown coverage that local advocates can put to good use. So send us your parking crater pics!
To nominate a parking crater, submit a photo or satellite image with a description of what makes it so dreadful. Other supporting evidence, like historical photos or maps showing the same area pre-crater, will increase your chances of making the field of 16. You can submit your nominee by commenting on this post or emailing angie [at] streetsblog [dot] org.
Even though previous parking crater contestants put together could probably fill a small northeastern state (no one would ever want to go there, but at least nobody would have trouble finding a place to park), we don’t think we’re approaching a shortage of worthy competitors. After three years of running the Parking Madness tournament, one conclusion we’ve reached is that America has a nearly limitless number of once-walkable places that have been devoured, over time, by surface parking lots.
Now’s your chance to shame your city into doing better. Send us your entries by Friday, March 11.