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Parking lot islands: Good examples

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Water is directed into the lagre median (shown in center of photo) which also acts as a swall to hold runoff because it is lower in elevation than the pavement. Wet site tolerant plants are installed in the swall. There are no curbs.

All asphalt is shaded in this parking lot above - see, it can be done! The key is to provide large soil spaces for trees. Same goes for the parking lot below.