I'm encouraged because this has been a hot button issue in the disability community, since the creation of accessible parking spots. There is a lot of abuse, but there are many misconceptions. My friend is not alone in believing that in order to qualify for a placard; you have to have a visible need.
Today's parking facilities are no longer the antithesis of environmental responsibility. In fact, the International Parking Institute (IPI) and its affiliate, the Green Parking Council, are working to not only turn them into spaces that contribute to the environment, but also the aesthetic of the world.
For many, the thought of a parking garage conjures no more than the vision of endlessly winding one's car up through a utilitarian building. While this is true of many garages, there are designers who are rethinking the form, turning these spaces into iconic architectural works while minimizing urban sprawl and environmental impact.