The development of parking lots, completely utilitarian spaces of prime real estate, raises questions about the exchange we make in catering to a ‘car-first culture.’ The spatial politics of the parking lot revolve around control, negotiation, and the loss of (culturally) significant sites in favor of semi-public space. The typography borrows from generic parking signs found throughout New York City.
Each of these sites have attained landmark status in their own right, whether officially or socially/communally, and have been reduced to parking lots for varying reasons. The stories behind these sites create a real and emotional connection to these spaces, even if the viewer has never visited them. Communities are genuinely affected by these exchanges, which often happen by the hands of those in power–members of the communities have very little to say about the changes.
Control over space is exercised by those in power who discuss, evaluate and approve construction permits often without the community’s notice.
The control over space is not negotiated; what is negotiated is the relationship between community member and new environment.
Poster size: 24" x 36"