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How Parking Lots Took Over Kansas City

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A bird's-eye view of cars parked among numbered parking spots in a lot abutting a city street.
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"Parking is the dominant physical feature of postwar North American cities," writes Daniel Herriges. "It dictates their form more than anything else does."

The city's physical layout means parking lots proliferate, which then affects property values, development patterns and so much more throughout the entire metro area.

Kansas City is thoroughly a car town — a place where owning a vehicle is pretty much necessary.

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