Parking lots are ugly barriers.
This topic is explored pretty well in the wonderful short documentary on the San Luis entitled "This Was the Future". Check it out below if you've not yet seen it.
In the meantime, I hope you're ready to speak at the upcoming Preservation Board meeting June 22, at 4pm. What's the location, you ask? Central to all--at 1015 Locust, Suite 1200. Please testify on the San Luis's behalf that parking lots are lifeless, ugly, inhibitors to urbanism.