Parking Madness Final Four: Kansas City vs. Rochester

The hunt for the worst parking crater on earth nears its epic conclusion with the second Final Four match of Parking Madness.

Today’s matchup features a formidable entry from Kansas City and the upstart parking crater from Rochester, New York, which knocked out Detroit in the previous round. The winner will take on Jacksonville tomorrow for a shot at the Golden Crater and eternal parking crater disgrace (but a great local advocacy opportunity).

Which city has made a greater mess of its downtown with excess surface parking?

First up, Kansas City:

kansascity3

This image was marked up and submitted by local advocate Emily Catherine. The area isn’t so much a solitary crater as a pockmarked asphalt wilderness.

They call this the city’s Financial District, but it’s hard to pick out any distinguishing characteristics. That’s the thing about parking craters — after a while all these places start to look the same.

Now on to Rochester, the Cinderella of the 2014 Parking Madness bracket.

rochester

Like Kansas City, Rochester has too many surface parking lots and too few buildings between them. It wasn’t always this way. Submitter Matthew Denker points out what was lost when this part of Rochester got leveled by highways and parking lots:

old-rochester

The area called Franklin Square on the old map was once Rochester’s central square, where the community gathered every year to raise a Christmas tree. Now that land is next to the Inner Loop highway and a whole lot of parking. Hard to imagine that any celebrations still take place here.

Let us know which of these craters you think is championship material below.

parking_madness_2014_13

Which city has the worst parking crater?

View Results

ALSO ON STREETSBLOG

Parking Madness: Newark vs. Dallas

|
We’re halfway through the first round of the 2014 Parking Madness 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 […]

Camden’s Waterfront Abyss Wins the 2015 Golden Crater

|
From the Texas Panhandle to the Bay Area, from the shores of the Detroit River to the Gulf Coast of Florida — America’s cities are a pockmarked mess, blighted by asphalt parking expanses you can practically see from space. Streetsblog readers submitted two dozen horrendous parking craters for consideration in this year’s Parking Madness tournament, and the editors picked 16 to vie […]

Parking Madness Elite Eight: Rochester vs. Detroit

|
The last spot in the 2014 Parking Madness Final Four is at stake today, as Rochester faces off against Detroit. The pictures of these two places, below, really speak for themselves. So without further ado, we’ll leave it up to you guys to tell us which city has the worst parking crater. Here’s Rochester: This […]

It’s Tulsa vs. Milwaukee in the Parking Madness Championship!

|
This is it — the final, epic showdown of Parking Madness. We started with 16 reader-submitted contenders for the title of America’s Worst Parking Crater, and Milwaukee and Tulsa have emerged from three rounds of voting to face off in the championship. Only one will be immortalized and receive the “Golden Crater,” Streetsblog’s prize for asphalt […]