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Mapping of selected North American cities, by alphabetical order. All to the same scale at ~9000 feet above ground elevation. This is part of a package for a presentation to a planning committee in Houston, that I received from a coworker. Highlighted areas include surface parking, single-purpose parkade structures, and all brownfields. I took the liberty of de-highlighting the site of 300 Front and Aura, as people will be sure to pounce on that, haha. I also noticed that while Toronto has more red than Vancouver, almost none of it is multi-storey parking garages, whereas most of Vancouver's and San Francisco's are, meaning that there could actually be more parking capacity in the latter cities. It could be one symptom of the fact that the Van/SF are more reliant on car travel to downtown.

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Interesting but for Toronto at least it's severely outdated. The largest red section on the waterfront is now a pit u/c for Pier 27. The long strip south of St lawrence Market is on about floor 10 now of Market Warf, and the large L shape red mark is a massive pit for both Ice towers and Infinity Towers, U/C. The former parking at Queens Quay has been closed for some time now and is being made into new public space. The Princess Margaret, Sick Kids, St Micheals, and Womens College all have red spots that are now gone as well. One city hall is gone as well. I'm sure there are more but I'd need to zoom in.
 

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Nice post! That map clearly shows how Vancouver is rapidly running out of lots. Very shorty, they will have to start tearing down some of those 10-30 floor buildings and going significantly higher if they want to add square footage on the peninsular.

If they do go that route, I hope it's those 80s glass towers that get re-developed and not the older building stock which is quite good.
 

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vancouver has more parking than show though - there is a large parking structure on burrard for the bentall centre buildings to name one not shown - seems they have included the bay parkade

Who knows what the purpose of the presentation to the planning committee in Houston was about; that can always influence preparation of data charts. The point is that it clearly shows there is very, very little wiggle room for future developments in downtown Vancouver.
 

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The guys from Houston were working purely from satellite images - it's merely an intro to the main part of the presentation - so I'm pretty sure most cities shown need "updating", and many parkades in SF are likely concealed like the one for the Waffle building in Vancouver.

Anyhow it clearly shows the isolation of many NA downtowns due to vast expanses of underused land.
 

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How do people in those far off parking lots in Houston get to work? They couldn't possibly be walking down so many blocks with nothing but cars on them?
Maybe most of them work at the parking lot. Seems like a big industry in Houston.
 

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Some of the American forumers submitted some more maps:

Oklahoma City - red for parking, green for brownfields


Miami


Minneapolis


And flar from SSP posted one for Hamilton:


Let's see some Canadian cities!
 

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Red - surface parking lot
Blue - parkade
Green - brownfield
Black - site under redevelopment
Purple - building with parkade underneath it (and often with some parking beside it, didn't colour that in)

Downtown Fort William (government district) a city study says there are about 1,500 spots in DTFW


The large black square will become a courthouse by 2013, construction starts next month or so
The smaller black square will become a social services office, construction started this summer

Downtown Port Arthur (office and entertainment districts)


The higher small black spot will be a psychiatric hospital that will begin construction soon, the smaller is an old bakery
that has been picked at by a developer for a while. Both of these developments will have some on-site parking.
The large one on the waterfront is the massive redevelopment there, the green area below will become a marina and
probably a convention centre/arena, so there will be lots of parking in both places.

Parking can be quite tight around destinations, but parking lots that aren't near any destinations are usually empty all the time. A lot of the brownfields are used as parking lots, but aren't supposed to be. During special events (hockey games or concerts in FW or waterfront activities like Canada Day in PA), parking is virtually impossible unless you arrive very early.
 
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