Shared Cars [Was Automated underground (or elevated) parking}
From: Sharon Villines (
Date: Mon, 30 Dec 2002 13:05:01 -0700 (MST)
On 12/30/2002 2:20 PM, "Bob Morrison" <bomorris [at]> wrote:

> This is an ingenious concept. The concept of a high-rise parking
> garage with a lift hosting the cars both vertically and horizontally is
> at least 40 years old.

And perpetuates the ownership of cars. While the use of cars is essential in
most people's lives at one time or another, it would be nice to see
communities figuring out ways to minimize the number of cars, and thus the
parking required. 

Parking is a one-use, dedicated space that is either sitting empty or
holding a car that is sitting idle. Foot for foot, it is probably the most
underused space that we still require.

I've just inquired of Flexcar how one could arrange to have a car in the
parking lot that could be reserved by the normal means. They do have a
program where they park cars in business lots for use of the business. One
car, close by, that is easily reserved and maintained by someone  else,
might replace several cars that are only used occasionally (second cars for

Sharon Villines
Takoma Village Cohousing, Washington DC

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