Parking lot sprawl
Urban planners have seemed to often operate under the impression that you can never have enough parking for automobiles. Researchers, however, are discovering that there is such a thing as too much space allotted for parking — and it’s costing cities a considerable amount of money. Not to mention that all of those heavily paved surfaces that come with such parking lot sprawl intensify the urban heat island effect. Mikhail Chester, a Fulton Schools associate professor of civil, environmental and sustainable engineering, is among researchers making important findings about the impact of parking infrastructure. Read more about it in ScienceDirect and on Full Circle.