A serious waste of space

Municipal authorities often have a habit of being slow getting up to speed. For instance, they kept allowing huge out-of-town supermarkets when consumers were moving back towards smaller, local stores.

And they have consistently put cars at the center of city life and planning, even though the younger generation of adults have a markedly lower rate of car ownership that their parents or grandparents. This article looks at how that legacy of planning for cars has left many cities with unused parking spaces (areas that could be used more effectively) and counting the cost of lower car ownership.