Off-street parking requirements are devastating American cities. So says the author in this no-holds-barred treatise on the way parking should be. Free parking, the author argues, has contributed to auto dependence, rapid urban sprawl, extravagant energy use, and a host of other problems. Planners mandate free parking to alleviate co
Table of Contents
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, 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.