With apologies to Joni Mitchell, and a thanks and a tip of the brain bucket to Jon Niehof for sending me the link...this video just seemed soooo relevant to BombTown given we now have not one but two additional large swaths of asphalt in Los Alamos, one at the new county administration building and one at the new Smith's Marketplace. Seems this whole town is continuing to degenerate (pointed out with areal photos by urban planner Michael Ronkin a decade ago) into a low density sea of asphalt, and no one can think outside the box. A comprehensive plan has been a third rail of the development discussion for as long as I can remember. County gets land, puts up a new parking lot. Heck, even a parking structure would be more compact, albeit more expensive. But I wonder what we would save in useable, compact development.
Donald Shoup talks about this subsidization of parking via zoning and the expectation of free parking, and how it ain't so free. He is a prof of urban planning at UCLA. Example
Also, a tip of the hat to Strong Towns, where this video is posted. The original is at the real Cincinnati Preservation Collective site, here.
This New Rules post over at Strong Towns is quite relevant.
| Los Alamos Townsite from the air, vintage, the Michael Ronkin visit.|
New Smith's Marketplace location, formerly LA Schools buildings, in lower right.
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