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High Cost of Free Parking
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Donald Shoup (University of California - Los Angeles, USA)
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High Cost of Free Parking

Donald Shoup (University of California - Los Angeles, USA)


American Planning Association

Regional government policies;
Transport planning & policy


733 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 consumes 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.

By:   Donald Shoup (University of California - Los Angeles USA)
Imprint:   American Planning Association
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 254mm,  Width: 178mm,  Spine: 39mm
Weight:   1.429kg
ISBN:   9781884829987
ISBN 10:   1884829988
Pages:   733
Publication Date:   April 2011
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

1 Introduction: The twenty-first century parking problem Part 1 Planning for free parking 2 Unnatural selection 3 The pseudoscience of planning for parking 4 An analogy: ancient astronomy 5 A great planning disaster 6 The cost of required parking spaces 7 Putting the cost of free parking in perspective 8 An allegory: minimum telephone requirements 9 Public parking in lieu of private parking 10 Reduce demand rather than increase supply Part 2 Cruising for curb parking 11 Cruising 12 The right price for curb parking Is curb parking a public good? 13 Choosing to cruise 14 California cruising Part 3 Cashing in on curb parking 15 Buying time at the curb 16 Turning small change into big changes 17 Taxing foreigners living abroad 18 Let prices do the planning 19 The ideal source of local public revenue 20 Unbundled parking 21 Time for a paradigm shift Part 4 Conclusion 22 Changing the future

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

George Costanza, the quintessential New Yorker, once said, My father didn't pay for parking, my mother, my brother, nobody. It's like going to a prostitute. Why should I pay when, if I apply myself, maybe I can get it for free? The High Cost of Free Parking, Donald Shoup's 733-page tour de force, has the answer. With the exception of a Monopoly board, there is no such thing as free parking. In fact, free parking turns out to be the biggest problem you never thought about. We all want to park free, Shoup writes. But we also want to reduce traffic congestion, energy consumption and air pollution. We want affordable housing, efficient transportation, green space, good urban design, great cities and a healthy economy. Unfortunately, ample free parking conflicts with all these other goals. But is this beach reading? Yes. Shoup is witty and profound. The Yoda of urban planning, he compares the current national parking situation to the overfishing of communal waters, an outbreak of cicadas, the Ptolemaic view of the universe, and all-you-can-eat buffets. The book inspired me to begin building an SUV-size apartment on wheels and park it in the Manhattan neighborhood of my choice. Call it Alternate Side of Street Living. Why should cars be the only ones to get free, fully subsidized housing in New York City? - Aaron Naparstek, New York Press

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