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The Upcycled City

How to take back the streets from cars and use them for parks, housing, and business instead

It’s undeniable: cars are awesome. Press a pedal, go 90 miles an hour. Magic, right? It’s little wonder that when folks saw the incredible progress cars would bring, they put all their chips in. They paved the way, quite literally, for the car-centric urban forms we know and tolerate today.

Could they have imagined a day when cities willingly give up car space for people?

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To Park or Not to Park? That Is the Question

In The Parking Lot Movie, parking attendants contemplate the meaning of life from a tiny booth in Charlottesville, West Virginia.

Are you parking your car or is your car parking you?

This is just one of the infinite existential dilemmas pondered by the overeducated parking attendants at The Corner, a lot in Charlottesville, Virginia. The Parking Lot Movie, a droll documentary by Meghan Eckman, recounts their crises, most of which tend to be brought on by drivers of expensive automobiles unwilling to part with forty cents upon exiting the lot.

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