We're halfway through the first round of the 2014 Parking Madness tournament, with Kansas City, Detroit, Chicago, and Jacksonville having advanced to the next round.
Today's matchup pairs two very different cities with the same problem: parking craters. A reader submitted the following definition yesterday: park-ing cra-ter (noun) is "ugly, and an inefficient use of space in a downtown area." So which city has screwed up its downtown worse?
Let's start out by surveying the damage in Newark, New Jersey's largest city:
This location includes a lot of surface parking near the Prudential Center, the hockey and basketball arena that opened in 2007. It's also near Newark Penn Station, a major transit hub where intercity trains, commuter rail, light rail, and a multitude of bus routes converge, notes submitter Michael Klatsky. What a shame.