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Cars are parked on Rhode Island Street on Potrero Hill, some of San Francisco’s 634,000 parking spaces tallied in a…

With more than 15 million designated parking spaces, the nine-county Bay Area has twice as many spots as it has people. Lined up in a row end to end, all of those spots would encircle the Earth 2.3 times.

Those are the top line findings from a new census of the region’s parking supply by SPUR and the Mineta Transportation Institute (MTI). The report represents the most comprehensive look yet at this ubiquitous type of infrastructure and its unintended consequences. All of that parking undermines public transit systems, worsens housing affordability and stands in the way of environmental targets, the report finds.

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Infrastructure reporter

Benjamin Schneider is the Examiner's housing, transportation and infrastructure reporter.

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