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Join the Planners Network and YIMBY Denver on October 6th for a discussion with author Henry Grabar about his new book Paved Paradise: How Parking Explains the World. It will be a moderated discussion starting at 4:30pm follwed by Q&A with the audience .  

About the Book: "In Paved Paradise Henry Grabar shows that parking, quite literally, has a death grip on America: each year a handful of Americans are tragically killed by their fellow citizens over parking spots. But even when we don't resort to violence, we routinely do ridiculous things for parking, contorting our professional social, and financial lives to get a spot... Much of the nation's most valuable real estate is now devoted exclusively to empty and idle vehicles, even as so many Americans struggle to find affordable housing. Parking determines the design of new buildings and the fate of old ones, patterns of traffic and the viability of transit, neighborhood politics and municipal finance, the quality of public space, and even the course of floodwaters."


Henry Grabar, currently a 2024 Loeb Fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, has been staff writer at Slate where he writes the Metropolis column, with a focus on housing, transportation, and the environment. His work has been published in Architect, The Atlantic, The Guardian, Harper’s, The Wall Street Journal, and other outlets, and he has produced podcasts for Decoder Ring, 99 Percent Invisible, What Next, and other shows

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