By Laura Copley-MallettKey points:Parking lots have been transformed into tourist attractions with thousands of new visitors arriving annuallyThe new area has grown to include several major shopping centers and restaurantsThe new shopping center at 6th and Chicago streets in downtown Chicago is the largest shopping center in the world.
Parking Lots in Chicago are not only popular tourist attractions, they are also a major revenue generator.
“The parking lots were really the backbone of our economic development efforts,” said Dan Miller, the executive director of the City of Chicago Parking Authority.
“We’ve always wanted to expand the system,” Mr Miller told ABC News.
“And now we’ve got an opportunity to do that with a brand new parking lot.”
While most of the parking lots are open for business, the City’s plans to redevelop them have resulted in some major changes.
“There are several hundred new retail and restaurant outlets on site,” said Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
“Most of these are very large spaces, which is a good thing,” Mr Emanuel said.
“They have been built over the last 20 years,” Mr Copleys said.
“We’ve had an influx of people from all over the country and around the world, so we’ve had a lot of growth in the parking area.”
“The downtown area is the most visited area in the city,” Mr Johnson said.
Topics:parking-and-traffic,city-and/or-region,community-and‑society,united-statesFirst posted March 02, 2020 19:40:58Contact Olivia O’BrienMore stories from Western Australia