I noticed this derelict parking lot payment box covered in graffiti while walking through the Arapahoe Square neighborhood on the northeastern edge of downtown early one morning last week. The technology has changed. Now digitally connected kiosks facilitate payment and provide time-stamped receipts. But these dumb, old boxes remain.
I’m not much of a graffiti fan but I felt different about this case. The graffiti improves what I see as downtown Denver’s real blight – surface parking lots. According to the Downtown Denver Partnership there are more than 43,000 off-street parking spaces available, one for every 2.6 downtown workers. Not all of this available parking is in surface lots of course.
It just seems that way.