One of the American Planning Association s most popular and influential books is finally in paperback, with a new preface from the author on how thinking about parking has changed since this book was first published 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 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....
|Title||:||The High Cost of Free Parking, Updated Edition|
|Number of Pages||:||279 Pages|
|File Size||:||877 KB|
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The High Cost of Free Parking, Updated Edition Reviews
A superb book that every city planner and traffic engineer should have to read. Professor Shoup is the acknowledged expert on parking, and his writing clarifies his research and his arguments for the professional and novice alike. Anyone who cares about how our urban areas can be made better should read.
My son needed this for a transportation class. It's supposed to be the best of its kind. He likes it.
Should be required reading for developers and city planners everywhere!
This book should be required reading for anybody who drives, or walks where cars are driven. This book does a brilliant job of pointing out the many distortions and problems caused by the almost universal expectation that parking should be free. Parking, in cities, is an incredibly valuable resource but because it is often free or underpriced it is used inefficiently. This ultimately benefits no one. The crazy (illogical, unjustified, counter productive) parking requirements in most cities zoning laws force developers to build massive amounts of parking to justify the powerful demand for free parking. If chocolate/liquor/cocaine were free then they would be overused and there would be shortages, so we shouldn't be surprised that the same thing happens with parking.
I'm an Urban Planning student. This book helped me better understand the intersection of engineering and planning, and how to navigate the tricky field of finding out what is best for a city.
If you're looking at this text, then you know how good it is. Finally in a less expensive paperback, there's no more excuses for lazy Shoup-citations anytime you mention parking supply or demand.
Happy with purchase.
This book came recommended by planning professional, which I am not. The book is written in plain language and offers insightful solutions for structuring paid municipal parking. I will also be recommending this book to my colleagues and local public officials who are responsible for pricing downtown parking.