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What Would It Look Like If All of Los Angeles's Parking Was in One Giant Blob?

Late last year, a report in the Journal of the American Planning Association revealed just how in love with parking Los Angeles truly is. The figures quoted were quite staggering: they discovered that, in 2010, 14 percent of LA County land was being used for parking, with an estimated 200 square miles of Los Angeles eaten up by some 18.6 million parking spaces. That's 1.4 times more land devoted to parking than to streets and freeways. If the numbers alone aren't enough to hit home exactly how much space parking is taking up in LA, now there's this striking visual of exactly what that looks like. Shane Phillips at the Better Institutions blog (via Streetsblog LA) went ahead and massed all that parking square footage into one big blob and set it down on an LA map to give some perspective on the area's parking addiction. If this parking blob ever gained sentience, it would be certain doom for us all!

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