Transform Your Parking Lot...From Eyesore to Amenity

by Julie Hendricks, and Jennifer Walker  -- 

If Houston is perceived as ugly by many, acres and acres of parking certainly play a key role in that perception. Beauty is important, but in this case it’s only one small aspect of Houston’s parking lot problem.

Parking lots also cause a host of expensive and uncomfortable problems for the city, from flooding to impaired water quality to higher ambient temperatures. That’s the bad news. The good news is that many of these problems can be mitigated using a technique called Low Impact Development (LID), in which sites are designed to manage stormwater in the same way that natural landscapes do. LID design attempts to minimize imperviousness, preserving and re-creating natural landscape features as much as possible. This creates site drainage that treats stormwater as a resource rather than a waste product.

This article talks about LID principles that can be applied in some simple and relatively inexpensive parking lot retrofits.

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