The High Cost of Free Parking: Updated Edition

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Routledge, Oct 20, 2017 - Architecture - 808 pages

One of the American Planning Association’s most popular and influential books is finally in paperback, with a new preface from the author on how thinking about parking has changed since this book was first published. In this no-holds-barred treatise, Donald Shoup argues that free parking 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. Join the swelling ranks of Shoupistas by picking up this book today. You'll never look at a parking spot the same way again.

 

Contents

1 The TwentyFirst Century Parking Problem
1
Planning for Free Parking
19
Cruising for Parking
273
Part III Cashing in on Curb Parking
377
Conclusion
587
The Practice of Parking Requirements
607
Nationwide Transportation Surveys
621
The Language of Parking
627
The Price of Land and the Cost of Parking
643
People Parking and Cities
649
Converting Traffic Congestion into Cash
659
The Vehicles of Nations
673
TwentyFirst Century Parking Reforms
683
References
709
Index
741
Copyright

The Calculus of Driving Parking and Walking
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