The High Cost of Free Parking

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Planners Press, American Planning Association, 2005 - Architecture - 734 pages
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Off-street parking requirements are devastating American cities. So says Donald Shoup in this no-holds-barred treatise on the way parking should be. Free parking, Shoup argues, has contributed to auto dependence, rapid urban sprawl, extravagant energy use, and a host of other problems. Planners mandate free parking to alleviate congestion, but end up distorting transportation choices, debasing urban design, damaging the economy, and degrading the environment. Ubiquitous free parking helps explain why our cities sprawl on a scale fit more for cars than for people, and why American motor vehicles now consume one-eighth of the world's total oil production. But it doesn't have to be this way. Shoup proposes new ways for cities to regulate parking, namely, charge fair market prices for curb parking, use the resulting revenue to pay for services in the neighborhoods that generate it, and remove zoning requirements for off-street parking. Such measures, according to the Yale-trained economist and UCLA planning professor, will make parking easier and driving less necessary.

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User Review  - Mark Abersold - Goodreads

"If cities required restaurants to offer a free dessert with each dinner, the price of every dinner would soon increase to include the cost of a dessert. To ensure that restaurants didn't skimp on the ... Read full review

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User Review  - Ms - Goodreads

Shoup makes a strong case against free parking. His arguments are supported by evidence. He is repetitive through parts of the book, but I guess this is so those who skim (or just look at the first ... Read full review

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Donald C. Shoup, a fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners, is professor of urban planning at the University of California, Los Angeles.

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