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Salem Public Works Day is Thursday at Riverfront Park - Salem-News.Com

Salem Public Works Day is Thursday at Riverfront Park - Salem-News.Com

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Cleopatra, the #1 national bestseller, unpacks the mystery of the Salem Witch Trials.It began in 169...

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Cleopatra, the #1 national bestseller, unpacks the mystery of the Salem Witch Trials.It began in 169...

Eran Ben-Joseph, a professor of urban planning at M.I.T., points out that “in some U.S. cities, parking lots cover more than a third of the land area"

Taking Parking Lots Seriously, as Public Spaces

Eran Ben-Joseph, a professor of urban planning at M.I.T., points out that “in some U.S. cities, parking lots cover more than a third of the land area"

Queen Bee is said to be taking things slow. She hasn’t been making a lot of public appearances.

Queen Bee is said to be taking things slow. She hasn’t been making a lot of public appearances.

A poster to ask dog owners to clean up after their pet in public spaces. It was not approved, but I still had a lot of fun doing it :).

A poster to ask dog owners to clean up after their pet in public spaces. It was not approved, but I still had a lot of fun doing it :).

Wall panel and column in Stainless Steel with Sandstone finish and Kalahari Impression pattern at Salem State University, Salem, Massachusetts

Wall panel and column in Stainless Steel with Sandstone finish and Kalahari Impression pattern at Salem State University, Salem, Massachusetts

Peristaltic Lozenges, prepared only by J.S. Harrison, Salem, Mass. Engraved by John Pendleton, 1825 #vintage #graphic design

Peristaltic Lozenges, prepared only by J.S. Harrison, Salem, Mass. Engraved by John Pendleton, 1825 #vintage #graphic design

Can’t parking lots be aesthetically pleasing, environmentally and architecturally responsible? something other than car storage? With purposeful design, Ben-Joseph argues, parking lots could be significant public places, contributing as much to their communities as great boulevards, parks, or plazas. For all the acreage they cover, parking lots have received scant attention. It’s time to change that; it’s time to rethink the lot.

Can’t parking lots be aesthetically pleasing, environmentally and architecturally responsible? something other than car storage? With purposeful design, Ben-Joseph argues, parking lots could be significant public places, contributing as much to their communities as great boulevards, parks, or plazas. For all the acreage they cover, parking lots have received scant attention. It’s time to change that; it’s time to rethink the lot.

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