Interesting reflection on parking within the urban context from Veritas et Venustas:
Another response is underground parking. Urban purists oppose this, because it caters to the car. Paris has used underground parking very well. Squares like the Place Vend�me that used to be cluttered with cars now have underground parking with formal, stone caps paving the plaza. Less formal squares like the Place Henri IV have less formal solutions, like pea gravel and trees in orderly patterns – see above. The formal and less formal solutions are another illustration of the Transect.
I’m thinking about car use in cities after experiencing the horror of Edinburgh’s roads. They’ve become exponentially more crowded since I was last a regular visitor, 15 years ago.