What if Parking Lots Were Not Just for Parking

Parking lots: Dangerous and Hot

The National Safety Council found on average at least 60,000 are injured and 500 or more die in the 50,000 plus crashes in parking lots and garages every year. Especially in suburban towns, where parking lots can take up a lot of space, they make a significant difference in how hot we feel in summer. According to the EPA, the annual mean air temperature of a city with 1 million people or more can be 1.8–5.4° warmer than its surroundings. In the evening, the difference can be as high as 22°. Heat islands can affect communities by increasing summertime peak energy demand, air conditioning costs, air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, heat-related illness and mortality, and water quality.

Parking lots take up huge amounts of space in our cities and towns. Our videographer asks how could we use the space better?