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The Parking Census

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A "land-use scientist" is on a mission to count every parking spot in the country, starting with his home county of Tippecanoe in Indiana. Early results? Something like three spots for every registered vehicle, or about 11 times as many spaces as there are families. If the same pattern of over-paving for parking spots plays out across the U.S., he says, we might have some soul searching ahead of us: "I worry about our society being so disconnected from nature that we surround ourselves with concrete. I just don't think we really want to pave it all over." [CSM]