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New meaning to "self park" and other creative parking solutions

Kaid Benfield

Posted January 28, 2009 at 1:26PM

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Notwithstanding my dedication to building communities that reduce the need to drive, I am decidedly not anti-car.  I think the idea is to have a future where driving is a choice, not a constant necessity, for a productive and enjoyable life.  I'm lucky to live in a place where that's pretty much the case. 

Wolfsburg, Germany (photo via WebUrbanist and Hoax Slayer; public domain)But, let's face it, finding a parking space can be a hassle.  It takes the convenience out of the equation too many times.  Some people think that's a good thing, not entirely without basis.  

For the rest of us, fortunately, help is on the way.  I highly recommend the photo-article 15 Creative, Innovative & Hilarious Parking Solutions, which is just what the title says, on the WebUrbanist site.  Pictured here, for instance, is a 20-story automated parking garage at a Volkswagen facility in Germany.  You can take a tour if you like.  And, hey, it does reduce the parking footprint, not a bad thing.

Other fun finds in the article include another robotic garage in (of course) Dubai, an "eco-parking lot" in Ontario, someone who really, really shouldn't have parked where she did and, not to put too fine a point on it, some folks who showed a sense of humor as they passed on to the next life.  Enjoy.