There are almost 29,000 parking spaces in garages alone.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Parking around Knoxville, especially at night and on weekends, can be a challenge.
But a new analysis from the University of Tennessee and the Knoxville Regional Transportation Planning Organization found that there were twice as many parking spaces as there were people in the city.
“There is a lot of parking here,” said Craig Hammond. “Many.”
But how much is a lot? Planners discovered that there were 403,789 sites occupying approximately 4,182 acres.
“Maybe that’s why you can find parking,” Jessica Monaco said. “It’s crazy.”
The study looked at whether the parking lot started eating Knoxville. At present, it occupies about 8 percent of the total area of the city.
“That may not sound like a lot, until you consider how much of that space is underutilized or unused,” the Knoxville Regional Transportation Planning Organization wrote of the analysis. “Taking that into account allows us to start thinking about how we can reuse and reallocate some of these spaces. “
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Some ideas include creating mixed-use developments or small parks.
For now, people may have to keep trying to find a good place to park in very congested areas.
“It’s a battle,” Edd Mabe said. “I start on the first floor of this parking lot and normally end up on the top no matter what time of day it is.”
He’s ready to walk, but tries to find a parking lot that he doesn’t have to pay for. Jim Matuszewski noticed it too.
“The parking lot is a bit scattered, obviously you have to be able to walk,” said Matuszewski. “You’re not just going to park and fall into a restaurant or bar.”