Parking is one of the most polarizing issues in Provo, as I imagine it is in other communities as well. But as it turns out, we’re not even doing a very good job economizing on the parking we already have.
The pictures below show a parking lot located near the intersection of 100 East and 100 North. I don’t know who owns the parking lot, but I believe it is used by a nearby church, and possibly the Jeffs and Jeffs law offices across the street.
As is obvious, the vast majority of this parking lot is wasted space in the middle of two rows of cars. The parking lot is so wide, in fact, that two cars could simultaneously back out while another car drove in between them. The red pickup truck near the far end of the parking lot is an especially long vehicle, and even it looks tiny in this lot.
Neither the nearby church nor the law offices are responsible for building this parking lot. And the apparent sharing of the lot means it’s actually better used than most lots in the area.
But these pictures illustrate how there’s nevertheless a lot of wasted space. This is mostly a residential neighborhood, and the lot is so big that it could probably fit an entire house, without even losing spots.
In the grand scheme of things, this parking lot is small and insignificant. But it still illustrates how right now in Provo there are expanses of pavement and asphalt that end up simply as wasted space. They don’t generate revenue, they don’t beautify neighborhoods, and most appallingly of all, they don’t even provide much parking. They also create overheated and impermeable surfaces that increase utility bills for nearby air conditioned buildings. It’s a lose-lose situation.