Transportation

Could You Actually Live In A Downtown Houston Parking Space?

There’s an event coming up that’s reimagining parking spaces.

 

In a city where single-family homes can take up an entire lot, imagine living in a space the size of a parking spot.

Allyn West is with the Rice Design Alliance at Rice University. He and his collaborators been working on a tiny house that can fit in one of those spaces.

“You’d have to sort of maybe adjust your definition of comfort,” West said. “But I think for a lot of people it would work and it would be plenty of space.”

As part of an international event known as PARK(ing) Day, more than 15 local groups are coming up with new uses for parking spots, with the emphasis on “park.”

They’re transforming spaces in front of downtown’s Chase Tower. One spot will be a meditation space. Another will become a putting green. And there will also be a yard for that tiny house that West and his friends built.

“For me, it’s sort of an investment in the creativity of the city’s residents, and how they’ll sort of come together and use the space in a way that’s not commodified in any sort of way,” West said.

You can check out those re-imagined parking spots this Friday.

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Gail Delaughter

Transportation Reporter

From early-morning interviews with commuters to walks through muddy construction sites, Gail covers all aspects of getting around Houston. That includes walking, driving, cycling, taking the bus, and occasionally flying. Before she became transportation reporter in 2011, Gail hosted weekend programs for Houston Public Media. She's also covered courts in...

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