Parking Madness: Tulsa vs. Philly

By | March 22, 2013

DC Streets Blog

Note: This article really has nothing to do with Hanson other than a shout out – but considering so many of us will be traveling to Tulsa in about a month and a half for the Hanson Day MOE celebrations I thought it might be an interesting read for some.

Parking Madness, our hunt for the worst parking crater in an American downtown, continues today with two formidable contenders.

In one corner we have Tulsa: Oklahoma’s second largest city, birthplace of the teen sensation Hanson (mmmBOP!), home to nearly 400,000 people. In the other corner, Philadelphia: cradle of democracy, birthplace of the Fresh Prince, and home of the cheesesteak.

Don’t forget to vote at the bottom. Now, without further ado… Show us what you got, Tulsa!

 

Streetsblog reader Stephen Lassiter of Bike Walk Tulsa, sent us this description:

The southern half of downtown is almost entirely surface parking. Our City Council recently passed a moratorium on demolishing old buildings for surface parking while the city tries to come up with new parking regulations.

A recent article in Urban Tulsa Weekly reported the new surface parking lot ban passed with barely a peep of opposition. We can certainly see why. Now it looks like they need a plan to redevelop it.

Meanwhile in Philly, Twitter user @jjshetler singled out this eyesore at 13th and Market Street in the heart of the city:

Right near City Hall (visible in the background of the second photo), this lot mars Philadelphia’s historic Market Street, also home to the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall.

This parking lot definitely has the cavernous, crater-like ambiance going for it.