Design car parking areas so as not to be the primary visual component of the neighborhood.
New residential development should minimize the visual appearance of parking lots on streets to preserve that space for use that will activate the front yards and sidewalks for pedestrians and bicyclists. This can be achieved by placing parking lots to the rear or interior of the site, so that the building fronts along a public street. This increases the structure’s visual aesthetic, the walkability of the development, and allows for better integration into the existing pattern of the area. For areas where this is not feasible, screening and buffering with trees and shrubs can soften the impact of parking areas on adjacent properties.
For parking structures, providing an active ground level with uses such as retail, restaurants, or visually compelling or interactive art installations can positively impact the structure’s integration into the surrounding area and help it to achieve harmony with adjacent buildings.