The High Cost of Free Parking

The High Cost of Free Parking

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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.

Publisher: Chicago : Planners Press, American Planning Association, c2011
Edition: Updated
ISBN: 9781932364965
193236496X
Branch Call Number: 388.474 S55h1
Characteristics: xlii, 765 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: American Planning Association

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CASHIN85
Feb 11, 2019

An excellent lesson on the economics of urban real estate and land usage. All urban economists and planners should read this book.

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