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    Cyburbian circusoflife's avatar
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    Largest parking lot

    Where is the largest parking lot in the world? (As measured in # of cars that can be parked)

    1) Ground level only - pure asphalt

    2) Parking Garage


    I read somewhere that Lakewood, CA has a mall that can accomodate 10,000 cars.
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    Probably Disneyworld.

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    Quote Originally posted by jordanb
    Probably Disneyworld.
    http://www.disneyworldtrivia.com/about.php

    12,213. Anoither sight mentions 12,250.

    Is this all surface?

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    http://www.mallofamerica.com/about_t.../services.aspx

    13k spaces - but not all surface. also mentions 20k with surface. So 7000

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    West Edmonton Mall
    http://www.westedmall.com/plan/parking.asp

    20,000 spaces. Not sure if this is structure or surface. Too lazy to look at photos.

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    http://www.easternct.edu/depts/amerst/Malls.htm

    largest malls in world now in China. Not sure how big those lots are...
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    Quote Originally posted by jordanb
    Probably Disneyworld.
    That's a good guess. It definetely makes the Sprawl Hall of Fame. One thing that makes parking lots particularly insidious in urban areas is that they are often used for only a portion of each day. If we put walls on them (I'm thinking multi-story parking lots here) to keep the cold out, maybe they could be used as homeless shelters at night. "Yeah, right. And monkeys might fly out of...."

    West Edmonton Mall
    http://www.westedmall.com/plan/parking.asp

    20,000 spaces. Not sure if this is structure or surface. Too lazy to look at photos.
    nerudite, ought to be able to vouch for this. Something about the cold climate prosperity of places like Edmonton and Minneapolis, seems to lend itself to malls on steroids.
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    Quote Originally posted by circusoflife
    http://www.easternct.edu/depts/amerst/Malls.htm

    largest malls in world now in China. Not sure how big those lots are...
    The articles that I have read about Chinese megamalls claim that most visitors arrive by bus and train.

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    I would guess it's at a port somewhere and used to offload cars from ships.

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    Quote Originally posted by Cirrus
    I would guess it's at a port somewhere and used to offload cars from ships.
    I think most cars are assembled locally, with the parts shipped in containers.

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    Quote Originally posted by jordanb
    I think most cars are assembled locally, with the parts shipped in containers.

    The European cars are shipped. The Port of Baltimore has several thousand acres devoted to Mercedes, BMW, Porsche etc...
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    Downtown Houston, TX. (Okay, it's technically not all one lot.)

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    Quote Originally posted by jimi_d
    Downtown Houston, TX. (Okay, it's technically not all one lot.)

    isn't it beautiful?

    nice website. Thanks for the link. Reminds me of the work of Yann Arthus Bertrand.
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    Quote Originally posted by dobopoq
    One thing that makes parking lots particularly insidious in urban areas is that they are often used for only a portion of each day.
    I think that's as much to blame on the segregation of uses in cities that aim to create business districts separate from nightlife spots and residential neighborhoods. A parking lot is better used if it can pull cars at offices during the day, in apartments by night, and at clubs and restaurants on evenings and weekends.

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    Quote Originally posted by jordanb
    I think most cars are assembled locally, with the parts shipped in containers.
    Here's Port Hueneme, California, which has a very large roll-on/roll-off automobile import/export facility.

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    Quote Originally posted by jordanb
    I think most cars are assembled locally, with the parts shipped in containers.
    Hahaha, are you kidding? You've never seen tens of thousands of cars lined up in neat tidy little rows at the port?

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    Quote Originally posted by jimi_d
    Downtown Houston, TX. (Okay, it's technically not all one lot.)
    Oh my God. That is horrendous! I have never seen a photo from that angle. Looks like every block has but one structure on it.

    Quote Originally posted by Markitect
    Here's Port Hueneme, California, which has a very large roll-on/roll-off automobile import/export facility.
    That's nothing, take a look at Charlestown, MA:

    http://maps.google.com/maps?q=199+Ch...2129&t=k&hl=en
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    http://maps.google.ca/maps?ll=49.187...1329&t=k&hl=en

    One of several large car import ports in Vancouver.

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    Quote Originally posted by abrowne
    http://maps.google.ca/maps?ll=49.187...1329&t=k&hl=en

    One of several large car import ports in Vancouver.
    Looks like we have a winner, if we accept that port automobile storage facilities are considered parking lots.

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    Aye, there's the rub. So, parking lot or non?

    It's kind of similar to a large paved tarmac... except it is actively used, everyday, by thousands of cars.

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    How big are the parking lots at some of the larger suburban sports stadia?

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    Quote Originally posted by mgk920
    How big are the parking lots at some of the larger suburban sports stadia?
    Miller Park[ing lot] ~12,600 spaces

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    Check out your airpots, between the two garages, Detroit Metro had 18,000 spaces. That does not include the surface lots or the privately owned lots / car rental lots offsite! Thats a lotta parking!

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    Quote Originally posted by Markitect
    Miller Park[ing lot] ~12,600 spaces
    Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, MA has 16,500 parking spaces, according to the Patriots website. They are not all in one lot though.

    Fenway Park in Boston has zero parking spaces

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    houston

    ha! that houston pic was amazing... it's almost as if they destroyed part of their downtown just to facilitate parking to get downtown... it must be cheap or free because it seemed most those lots were at least 2-4 blocks from anything else.

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    The Long Island Expressway! Ha ha ha!

    Seriously, my vote for largest parking structure would belong to Universal Studios in Orlando. Two garages, each with 10,500 spaces.

    http://maps.google.com/maps?q=orland...7660&t=k&hl=en

    An auto auction facility somewhere might be a contender. Here's the Orlando Auto Auction.

    http://maps.google.com/maps?q=orland...7660&t=k&hl=en
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    Quote Originally posted by Dan
    An auto auction facility somewhere might be a contender.
    We have one in the Town where I work. Located right off I-93

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    First time posting in a while. Hey!

    The parking lot for the Pontiac Silverdome in Pontiac, Michigan is pretty damn huge:

    http://maps.google.com/maps?ll=42.64...3175&t=k&hl=en

    Here's the capacity facts from the Silverdome website:
    Parking
    On-Site (100 acres, lighted and paved)
    Automobile - 12,464 spaces
    - Handicap - 389 spaces


    Geoff

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