Parking garages occupy some of the most prominent real estate in Boston. But they generally don’t get demolished, even when they sit on prime development parcels, because they’re too valuable to tear down. The key to redeveloping the structures is to make them less valuable.
The value that keeps garages standing isn’t intrinsic. It flows from transportation policies that inflate the price of parking. The fastest way of speeding Boston garages’ downfall, and putting valuable land back into active use, is by living up to the decades-old deal that was supposed to underpin the Big Dig.