Apr 13, 2023 - Real Estate

North Texas is a paving paradise for parking lots

Concrete jungles in Dallas and Fort Worth's downtowns. Maps: Parking Reform Network

Dallas, Arlington and Fort Worth devote a significant amount of their valuable real estate to parking spots, more than most U.S. cities, according to the Parking Reform Network.

Why it matters: The national organization says parking lots limit a city's potential.

  • "Cities with high parking have ample land that could be devoted to building walkable neighborhoods, vibrant parks or office districts," the organization says.

By the numbers: Arlington — home of UT Arlington, the Dallas Cowboys and the Texas Rangers — devotes 42% of its central core to parking spots, more than any other city mapped by the Parking Reform Network.

  • Downtown Dallas is 24% parking and downtown Fort Worth is 27% parking.
Arlington had the highest percent of its central core devoted to parking among the four dozen cities analyzed by the Parking Reform Network.

State of play: Similar to many other U.S. cities, Dallas, Fort Worth and Arlington require a certain number of parking spaces for different building types.

  • Some developers demolished buildings and built parking lots in their place to meet those minimum parking requirements, per D Magazine.

Of note: The Parking Reform Network's maps show surface lots and above-ground structures. They don't account for street parking, underground parking or parking spaces that take up multiple floors of a building.


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