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American drivers park free for 99 percent of their automobile trips. Cities require developers to provide ample off-street parking for every new building. The cost? Sprawl that makes cities more fit for cars than people, and a nationwide fleet of motor vehicles that consumes one-eighth of the world's total oil production. Cities would be in much better shape if planners regulated the quality, rather than the quantity, of parking spaces. Donald Shoup contends that parking is seriously misunderstood and mismanaged by planners, architects, and politicians alike. He takes an economist's approach to the problem and proposes reforms that--by making better use of markets--would greatly improve transportation, urban design, the economy, and the environment.

Synopsis:

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.

About the Author

Donald C. Shoup, AICP, is the chair of the Department of Urban Planning at the University of California at Los Angeles. He holds a doctorate in economics from Yale University. From 1996 to 2001, Shoup directed the Institute of Transportation Studies at UCLA. He is the author of numerous articles on parking, including "Buying Time at the Curb" in The Half-Life of Policy Rationales: How New Technology Affects Old Policy Issues and "Unlimited Access" in the journal Transportation.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
 
1.  The Twenty-First Century Parking Problem
 
Part I: 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 II: Cruising for Parking
11.  Cruising
12.  The Right Price for Curb Parking
13.  Choosing to Cruise
14.  California Cruising
 
Part III: 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 IV: Conclusion
22.  Changing the Future
 
Appendix A: The Practice of Parking Requirements
Appendix B: Nationwide Transportation Surveys
Appendix C: The Language of Parking
Appendix D: The Calculus of Driving, Parking, and Walking
Appendix E: The Price of Land and the Cost of Parking
Appendix F: People, Parking, and Cities
Appendix G: Converting Traffic Congestion into Cash
Appendix H: The Vehicles of Nations
 
References
Index
Tables
Figures

Product Details

ISBN:
9781884829987
Author:
Shoup, Donald C.
Publisher:
American Planning Association
Subject:
General
Subject:
Planning
Subject:
Economic aspects
Subject:
Automobile parking
Subject:
General Business & Economics
Subject:
Automobile parking - Economic aspects
Subject:
Business - General
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20050331
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
halftones, 78 tables, 74 figures
Pages:
752
Dimensions:
10 x 7 in

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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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