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Through a study that highlighted automobile patterns in the United States over a period of more than 10 years, the Department of Transportation and American Automobile Association Studies established that the average regular distances traveled by people aged below 34 years had dropped by 23% in 2010 compared to 1996. Additionally, the number high school seniors with legal driving licenses had fallen from 73% over the same period. Another report has concluded that the number of miles traveled by the same age group highlighted by the former had dropped from 10,900 miles per capita in 2001, to 7,900 miles per capita in 2010. Therefore, Americans are evidently opting for alternative modes of transport, including cycling, walking and bus rapid transport systems.

These findings have ultimately sparked a debate in the real estate industry, as homeowner associations and property management organizations begin weighing in the possibility of reducing the parking spaces in their properties. The general feeling is that there’s already excessive parking slots spread across major property developments in the US, which according to many is “sub optimal use of land”. Cities like Los Angeles are already considering reducing the amount of land occupied by parking spaces by adopting developing parking technologies like automated stack parking. The year 2016 will see more cities include this agenda in their development proposals, as they seek to free up their parking areas for property development.


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An automated car parking system supporting the lack of parking lots in Manhattan, New York City, USA.

I saw something similar to this last time I was in NYC. Basically, there was a moving elevator. You could put it in front of or behind any row, and cars were only parked 2 deep. So the front car could pull forward onto the elevator, or the back car could back up onto it. The elevator moves around the stack of cars. I watched this one work for a while, it had a little bit of land there, so nothing had to happen in the street.

Inside the $20 million New York apartment boasting its own CAR ELEVATOR

  • Each apartment at 200 11th Avenue in New York’s fashionable West Chelsea has its own en-suite sky garage accessed by a special car elevator
  • The paparazzi-proof penthouse is on the market for $19.5 million through Million Dollar Listing’s Ryan Serhant
  • The apartment features stunning views, two terraces and a retractable glass vault floor leading to the bedrooms
  • Many celebrities have been linked to the building whose residents include Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban, and designer Domenico Dolce
  • Robert Pattinson, Lady Gaga and Kelsey Grammer have all toured apartments at what is known as one of downtown’s best addresses

Apartment hunting can be stressful. More so if there are some things that you just can’t live without.

Lots of storage, a view, an en-suite bathroom, air conditioning – how about a garage in the sky?

The apartments at 200 11th Avenue in New York’s fashionable West Chelsea gallery district feature just that – and more.

The ability to drive a car into an elevator that then whisks you up to your apartment is no doubt what has already drawn Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban, and designer Domenico Dolce to the building.

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The ‘paparazzi proof’ method of entry has also interested Lady Gaga and Kelsey Grammer.

It is also the same building where fashion designer L’Wren Scott lived and tragically took her own life.

This is Penthouse 1, and was on the market for $19.5 million.

The so-called ‘En Suite Sky Garage’ sits alongside the penthouse, a 60-second ride from the lobby entrance for unparalleled privacy.

The three-bedroom 3,598 square foot duplex apartment is luxuriously decorated and includes a retractable glass ‘vault’ that covers the stairs.


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