The End of Parking

Imagine a city without parking, one in which green areas, cafes, or even extra-wide sidewalks replaced lots and garages. According to a recent Washington Post article, this future is approaching with the rise of autonomous cars. If parking becomes obsolete, the 5,000 square miles currently dedicated to it could be completely reimagined and rebranded.

Garages and driveways in homes, for example, could be repurposed into offices, bedrooms, or bathrooms. What would you do with that extra space?

As for the public domain, parking lots and garages may become accessible parks, amenities, or “maker space” facilities. What would you like to see in the place of parking? What new products and brands could emerge from this transformation?