It’s ON! Parking Madness 2014 Kicks Off With Chicago vs. Denver

parking_madness_2014

Are you ready for Parking Madness 2014, our second annual search for parking craters that have obliterated cities? You better be.

Last year, Tulsa took home the Golden Crater. In this year’s tournament, we broadened the field to accept entries from outside the United States. Perhaps not surprisingly, American parking craters still dominated the reader submissions, but one international contestant will be facing off this year: Calgary, Alberta. Canada’s first entrant is up against some truly gruesome competition.

Our first matchup is Chicago vs. Denver. It’s your job to decide which parking crater is the most awful, life-sapping blight on its city.

Here’s the evidence, beginning with Chicago:

chicago

Nice job creating a “fun” atmosphere around your basketball and hockey arena, Chicago! Notice how in this Google Maps view, about 95 percent of the spaces are empty, which is surely the case every day there is not an event.

Bruce G., who submitted this photo, says if you understand the context, it’s even worse than it looks. “The United Center is fewer than two miles from Chicago’s Loop, which puts this land within easy biking or walking distance from scores of downtown train stations, offices, and shopping destinations.” Fail!

Okay. Now let’s compare to Denver, a city we acknowledged last year for healing some of its worst downtown parking scars. Apparently, there’s more work to do:

Denver crater

Aren’t lonely little buildings surrounded by parking the saddest thing you’ve ever seen? And what a beautiful house too! Imagine what the neighborhood used to be like.

This area of Denver is called Court Place, and the submitter, Leighton Walter, called this block “tragic,” although he acknowledged the good work the city has done to repair a lot of similar places.

Which city should advance to the next round? It’s on you to decide. Vote below!

Which city has the worst parking crater?

  • Chicago (74%, 283 Votes)
  • Denver (27%, 103 Votes)

Total Voters: 383

ALSO ON STREETSBLOG

Parking Madness Final Four: Chicago vs. Jacksonville

|
We started with 16 parking craters and now we’re down to the Final Four of Parking Madness. After two bruising rounds of competition, four hideous parking expanses in Kansas City, Rochester, Chicago, and Jacksonville are still in it to win it. Each one is an ugly and awe-inspiring waste of potential in its own way. Today’s […]

Parking Madness Elite Eight: El Cerrito vs. Chicago

|
We’re two weeks into our Parking Madness competition, and only a few parking craters are still standing. Today’s Elite Eight matchup pairs a Bay Area suburb with America’s third largest city: It’s El Cerrito, California vs. Chicago. First up is El Cerrito, which was singled out for shame by one of our readers because of […]

Parking Madness 2015! First Match: Camden vs. Mobile

|
Happy Selection Thursday, Streetsblog readers — our annual Parking Madness tournament kicks off today. Over the next few weeks, these 16 cities and towns will vie for the coveted Golden Crater, awarded to the most horrendous pit of parking to blight an American downtown. It’s year three of this competition, and we’re in absolutely no […]

Parking Madness 2015: Can Your Parking Crater Compete?

|
  March is a special month on Streetsblog. It’s the time when the nation’s worst downtown parking scars face off head-to-head for the shame of winning the “golden crater” — and the local publicity bonanza that comes with it. For the third year running, we’re asking you to help seed the bracket in our Parking […]