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The High Cost of Free Parking, Updated Edition

Written by: Donald Shoup
Narrated by: Mike Chamberlain
Length: 23 hrs and 47 mins
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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.

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  • Pierre Gauthier
  • 2019-03-02

Illuminating but Aggravating!

In this very long work, Professor Donald Shoup sets out to demonstrate the ill effects of free parking on urban living and the economy in general.

He forcefully sets out three main points:
• That curb parking should vary through the day and the year so that occupancy should be around 85%;
• That parking meter revenues should accrue at least partially to the neighbourhood where they are drawn, for instance as investments in upkeeping the public domain;
• That parking standards in zoning codes should be abolished.

These theses probably make perfect sense to most of his readers. Thus, it is very unfortunate, and indeed counterproductive, that he should repeat himself over and over again to prove his points. In so doing, he probably only succeeds in aggravating many.