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Old Posted Jun 3, 2011, 4:50 PM
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Originally Posted by samne View Post
Surface parking lots are not all going to disappear soon.

However, they can be less detracting from the urban environment. Chicago and Australian cities do a good job of dressing them up a bit with bushes or fences. The effect is an appearance of less holes in the streetscape.
Oh yes, I forgot to mention this one. A number of downtown surface lots in Portland are now lined with food carts, which in a sense reconnects surface lots in with the urban environment. A few parking lots are practically lined with food carts on all sides, making the block feel like a variety of food options with some parking you don't really notice in the middle of it. Actually since our food cart craze took off, I have found myself not wanting some surface lots to be redeveloped because I would hate to lose some of the cart culture Portland has created for itself.
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