In 1969, Joni Mitchell penned the words, “They paved paradise and put up a parking lot.”
As a person who earns a living in the asphalt paving business, that lyric seems a bit harsh to me. I mean sure, as the story goes, Mitchell threw open the drapes of her Hawaiian hotel to view the island for the first time. Rather than seeing serene beaches and swaying palm trees, she saw, standing in the middle of everything, a parking lot. Thus the song “Big Yellow Taxi” was born.
But in reality, Mitchell’s famous parking lot was a necessity for locals to park while they ran their daily errands. For tourists, that piece of asphalt was a convenient place to stash their rental cars while they explored the island. In short, that parking lot was “an ideal or idyllic place” for many people, which according to New Oxford American Dictionary is the definition of paradise.
Trouble in Paradise?
If you’re a property owner or manager, take a good look at your parking lot. Be objective and see it through the eyes of the people who use it. Does it appear welcoming to customers? Would potential tenants be willing to pay good money for a business lease or apartment rental based on its condition? Your parking lot, after all, is your best chance to make a good first impression.
Now answer the following questions about your parking lot:
- Is the overall condition good?
- Is it the right size to fit your needs?
- Is the surface level without problematic low or settled areas?
- Does it drain properly after a rainstorm?
- Is it free of potholes and break ups?
Can you answer “yes” to all of these questions? Congratulations, you have a parking lot that does your business proud. If you answered “no” to any one of them, read on.
When you’re ready to install a new parking lot or to improve the state of your current one, contact Alpine Asphalt. We specialize in small to mid-sized parking lots in and around Minneapolis. Let us put our years of experience to work for you.
All it takes to get started is to visit alpineasphalt.com/free-estimate and fill out the estimate form. If you prefer, you can call us at 612-706-8018. Either way, you’ll have taken the first step toward giving your little piece of paradise a new or improved parking lot.