Meters cannot cover costs

Los Angeles parkingEighty-one percent of the Los Angeles Central Business District is a parking space.

Each surface and building space costs a minimum $50,000.

San Francisco parking coverage rate is 31 percent and New York is 18 percent.

We neglect to manage the impact of parking lots. The urban heat island effect raises costs for all of us. Runoff from impermeable surfaces is destroying our waterways and wildlife.

Landscape architect Veenu Jayaram at Land+Living says there are many things we can do.