Skip to Content
Streetsblog Los Angeles home
Streetsblog Los Angeles home
Log In
Streetsblog USA

Parking Madness: San Jose vs. Lansing

It's early going in Parking Madness 2018 and we're still getting to know the field of 16 competitors. Today we're pleased to introduce two landmark parking craters, either of which could advance deep into the tournament.

Yesterday, we showed you parking horrors in Houston and Jacksonville. Voting is still open in that match.

Today's competition features two parking crater archetypes: A Bay Area transit station, and a state capitol in the cradle of America's automotive industry.

San Jose

sanjosediridoncrater
false

An anonymous reader nominated the area around San Jose Diridon Station, which is served by Caltrain, Valley Transportation Authority light rail, Amtrak, and several bus routes. Our submitter writes:

The areas directly to the north and east of San Jose's main train station are parking lots. While this crater does not seem as big as others, it is right next to the second busiest train station on the west coast. Not only the 2nd busiest station of California's west coast, but the entire west coast of the Western Hemisphere.

This area may not be such an awful parking crater for long, since it's slated for development under San Jose's Diridon Station Area plan. We think it's only fair to let this stupendous waste of land next to a busy transit hub compete in the tournament while it's still in such lamentable condition.

Lansing

lansing_crater
false

This is downtown Lansing, Michigan. Reader Rick Brown sends this description -- you can orient yourself here.

Yes. Most of these lots are for State of Michigan employees or visitors, particularly those between Kalamazoo and Ottawa Streets, west of Pine Street. The series of buildings between Allegan and Ottawa west of the capitol itself are all state offices and the one north of the circle on Washtenaw is the State Historical Museum and Archives.

It's fitting that the capitol of the state most associated with the auto industry has been flattened by fields of car storage. But Lansing is hardly unique in that regard -- plenty of other capitols are overrun by parking for state employees too.

Vote below to send one of these craters on to round two.

parking_madness_2018
false

Stay in touch

Sign up for our free newsletter

More from Streetsblog Los Angeles

LAPD shoots, strikes unarmed unhoused man as he walks away from them at Chesterfield Square Park

LAPD's critical incident briefing shows - but does not mention - that two of the three shots fired at 35yo Jose Robles were fired at Robles' back.

April 20, 2024

Metro Committee Approves 710 Freeway Plan with Reduced Widening and “No Known Displacements”

Metro's new 710 Freeway plan is definitely multimodal, definitely adds new freeway lanes, and probably won't demolish any homes or businesses

April 20, 2024

Automated Enforcement Coming Soon to a Bus Lane Near You

Metro is already installing on-bus cameras. Soon comes testing, outreach, then warning tickets. Wilshire/5th/6th and La Brea will be the first bus routes in the bus lane enforcement program.

April 18, 2024
See all posts