They’re questions that have challenged city planners and architects since the dawn of the automobile: if the majority of people are using cars to commute or go shopping, where do you put all those cars? How should cities use zoning and tolls to encourage public transportation? Roger Lewis joins Kojo to explore parking politics.


  • Roger Lewis Architect; Columnist, "Shaping the City," Washington Post; and Professor Emeritus of Architecture, University of Maryland College Park

The National Building Museum’s “House of Cars” exhibit features a montage of films that include significant scenes in parking garages. Roger Lewis points out that those scenes are almost always sinister. “The danger is often attributable to the really lousy lighting,” he says.

Film Selections

Point Blank (1967)
Atlantic City (1980)
All the President’s Men (1976)
Fargo (1996)
48 Hours (1982)
Some Like it Hot (1959)
West Side Story (1961)
The Usual Suspects (1995)
The French Connection (1971)
Bullitt (1968)
State of Play (2009)
The Bourne Identity (2002)
Seinfield, “The Parking Garage” (1991)

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