More on Permeable Parking Surfaces

uwmsidewalk.jpgCheck out this article on UW-Milwaukee’s campus and Whitney Gould’s suggestion to do away with surface parking in favor of an “emerald necklace” around the campus. It’s inspired. It’s also extremely practical. Imagine what a typical suburban office/retail area might look like with this kind of thoughtfulness. Imagine a neighborhood.
Granted, it’s not cheap to rip up existing infrastructure and replace it with new, better landscaped alternatives. But if one plans this sort of thing from the begining then direct savings and other less tangible payoffs are a lot more realistic. Consider the now legendary Village Homes in Davis, CA. The developers behind this attractive suburban subdivision took out unusual risks in the early 80’s to create a fantastic, green, highly livable community with none of the drawbacks of typical suburban sprawl – and they enjoyed a 30% per year ROI plus some very satisfied homebuyers. Read all about it on RMI’s site.

Nick Aster is a new media architect and the founder of has grown to become one of the web's leading sources of news and ideas on how business can be used to make the world a better place.

Prior to TriplePundit Nick worked for Mother Jones magazine, successfully re-launching the magazine's online presence. He worked for, managing the technical side of the publication for 3 years and has also been an active consultant for individuals and companies entering the world of micro-publishing. He earned his stripes working for Gawker Media and Moreover Technologies in the early days of blogging.

Nick holds an MBA in sustainable management from the Presidio School of Management and graduated with a BA in History from Washington University in St. Louis.