In an article published today, Philadelphia Inquirer architecture critic Inga Saffron laments not only the bleak design of a new parking garage on 16th Street in Center City, but the way parking garages in general are counterproductive to enhancing city life. Not only do parking garages encourage people to drive rather than walk or take transit, but they interefere with the pedestrian fabric of dense city blocks. To make matters worse, the garage does not yet have any tenants for its ground-floor retail spaces, leaving unattractive scenery for passersby.
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