The High Cost of Free Parking

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Planners Press, American Planning Association, 2005 - Architecture - 734 pages
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American drivers park for free on nearly ninety-nine percent of their car trips, and cities require developers to provide ample off-street parking for every new building. The resulting cost? Today we see sprawling cities that are better suited to cars than people and a nationwide fleet of motor vehicles that consume one-eighth of the world's total oil production. Donald Shoup contends in The High Cost of Free Parking that parking is sorely misunderstood and mismanaged by planners, architects, and politicians. He proposes new ways for cities to regulate parking so that Americans can stop paying for free parking's hidden costs.

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User Review  - Phillip Fernberg - Goodreads

A fascinating premise... that probably could have rested very soundly at around 250 pages instead of over 800. READ AT LEAST SOME OF IT! It will make you think differently about the externalities of parking and land use. Read full review

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User Review  - Kostas Pelechrinis - Goodreads

This might be one of the most comprehensive (research-related) books I have ever read! Donald Shoup touches upon latent - but crucial - dimensions of parking that it would be hard for someone to think ... 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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