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High Cost of Free Parking
Title: High Cost of Free Parking
One of APA's most popular and influential titles is finally in paperback, with a new preface and afterword by the author.

ISBN: 9781932364965

Now in Paperback!

From the publisher:

Free parking isn't really free.  In fact, the average parking spacecosts more than the average car.  Initially, developers pay for therequired parking, but soon tenants do, and then their customers, and so on,until the cost of parking has diffused throughout the economy.  When weshop, eat in a restaurant, or see movie, we pay for parking indirectly becauseits cost is included in the price of everything from hamburgers tohousing.  The total subsidy for the Medicare or national defensebudgets.  But free parking has other costs: It distorts transportationchoices, warps urban form, and degrades the environment.

Often off-street parking requirements just don't make sense.  A gasstation must have 1.5 parking spaces per fuel nozzle.  A mausoleum musthave 10 parking spaces per maximum number of interments in a one-hourperiod.  Why? Nobody knows.  Most parking requirements are simplycopied from city to city or are based on national surveys of the peak demand forfree parking at suburban sites that lack public transit or pedestrianamenities. 

How can cities undo the damage wrought by their disastrous parkingpolicies?  Shoup has three answers:

  • Remove zoning requirements for off-street parking.
  • Charge fair market prices for curb parking.
  • Use revenue from curb parking to pay for public improvements in the neighborhoods that generate it.

Our cities sprawl on a scale fit for automobiles rather than humans because,for too long, our parking policies have assumed that all trips will be by carand all parking should be free.  This book unravels current parkingpolicies and proposes sensible, fair alternatives that will free us from thehigh cost of free parking.  

224 pages, paperback, American Planning Association (April 2005)



Author: Donald Shoup
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Categories: Urban Planning,

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