Choosing our lot in life

I think builders have been so eager to make the quick buck in our ever-expanding region that all common sense has flown out the window when designing the parking lots for new shopping centers and medical centers.

The top prize for the worst new parking lot goes to:

– Natomas Marketplace: I’m neither a Natomas-dweller nor a Wal-Mart shopper, but work has me in that area a bit, and sometimes I’ve just gotta have the chicken Tacos Del Carbon from Del Taco (only three points each), and the closest location is the Natomas Marketplace. However, it’s almost worth starving than to deal with the one entrance/exit for the parking lot that services such businesses as Home Depot, Wal-Mart, PetSmart, a cineplex, Michael’s, and a multitude of eateries and smaller shops.

Another bad, somewhat new lot is:

– Kaiser Point West: Again, what’s up with the one entrance/exit? It’s bad enough for an able-bodied mid-30’s person like me who still has her mental faculties, but what about the other 90% of the people using this facility?

Even older parking lots are not immune:

– Kaiser Morse: Although there is a separate entrance/exit on Alta Arden besides the one on Morse, this is still among the most unwieldy parking lots in the area. Trying to park here causes more of an anaphylactic reaction than the pollen for which I was getting allergy shots.

Example of a good parking lot:

– The Promenade, Pocket area: Housing a Bel Air, Longs, and about 20 other tenants, this parking lot has three major entrances and exits with plenty of room to maneuver. The spaces are larger than average, allowing enough berth to open car doors all the way.

What are some of your parking lot picks & pans?

6 thoughts on “Choosing our lot in life”

  1. The person who designed Natomas Marketplace should have their license or certification or whatever revoked. It isn’t good for cars, pedestrians, or anyone not driving a hovercar. It’s one of the most poorly designed parking areas I have ever seen (and I’ve seen some bad ones).

    On the other hand, I’m not a big fan of parking lots with extra-wide spaces. Oh, I like them well enough when I’m parking in them, but they take up a lot of room. Too much room. Some of the problem though are jackasses who drive extra-wide vehicles and/or who don’t understand that you’re supposed to park between the lines, not on them.

    Believe me, if you’re parked so close to me that I have to get in my car on the passenger side, you’re getting a nasty note about your education and the size of your manhood.


  2. Alhambra Safeway. How the heck am I supposed to fit my Hummer (the real one, not the Pinto knock off) into less than 3 spaces?
    Decent parking- Pavilions


  3. I would like to know which retarded monkey designed the Albertson’s/Big 5 parking lot on Manzanita in Carmichael.


  4. I live near the Promenade shopping center in the Pocket neighborhood of Sacramento and I agree that who ever planned the parking lot did a great job. It is easy to get in and out of. It makes you wonder what some developers were thinking.


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