The “Elite Eight” of Parking Madness: Atlanta vs. Dallas

Okay, the preliminary stuff is over. It’s round two of Parking Madness — our hunt for the worst parking crater in an American downtown. By the end of this week, we’ll be ready down to the Final Four. But first things first: Atlanta takes on Dallas in our first Elite Eight match-up.

As a refresher, we’ll post the photos and descriptions we showed in the first round.

This is the picture that helped Atlanta beat Denver in the first round:

Atlanta transit advocate Ashley Robbins sent us this description:

One MARTA stop south of Five Points, the downtown epicenter of Atlanta, stands the Garnett station in a sea of underutilized parking. The Garnett plaza garden over the heavy rail and Greyhound stations, while being near the federal building, the Atlanta Municipal court, and the popular Castleberry Hill neighborhood, is surrounded with unkempt parking, abandoned buildings and is known for lurid activity, giving Garnett one of the worst reputations of any MARTA station.

Now let’s look at Dallas.

This truly gargantuan crater put Dallas past Los Angeles in our first round competition.

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James Howard Kunstler used this image in his ongoing “Eyesore of the Month” feature, calling the area around the cube-shaped Perot Museum of Science and History “a wilderness of surface parking, freeway ramps, and pointless ambiguous ‘green spaces.'”

Voting will be open until 3 p.m. Eastern Time on Tuesday.

Which city has the worst parking crater?

  • Dallas (71%, 158 Votes)
  • Atlanta (29%, 65 Votes)

Total Voters: 223

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  • Chris Gilmore

    I live in Atlanta, and the parking lot issues around the Garnett MARTA station are no where near the top 10 if I had to rate them for Parking March Madness. Why didn’t you use Atlanta’s wasteland of parking so aptly named the “Gulch”. It is smack in the middle of downtown, within walking distance to arenas and two MARTA stations, and is easily the size of 4-5 city blocks.

  • Beta Magellan

    Although I’d hate having to walk through the area, god damn it that picture of Dallas from the air (or a building) is beautiful. No wonder Corb and the disurbanists were so fond of aerial perspectives.

  • Joe R.

    Yep. From the air it looks like the “city of the future” which held so much promise back in the 1950s, complete with Jetson type elevated ribbons of concrete. In reality it’s a hostile, smog-choked wasteland for anyone trying to get around on foot or bike, essentially an “auto desert” devoid of life.


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