A new study estimates there are at least 500 million off-street parking spaces in the U.S. This represents 0.5% to 12% of estimated lifecycle energy consumption and greenhouse emissions, and 24% to 81% other air pollutants.
That is an externality of private auto use paid for by everyone — with our health, our environment and in the cost added to goods and services to pay for the land and pavement. Remember that next time someone shrieks at you about public transit requiring subsidies. Everything is subsidized, some subsidies are just more insidious than others.
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Oh, and by the way, this much pavement would store one car…