Assessing the Full Cost of Parking Provision from the Perspective of the Municipality

Changes in development patterns over the past sixty years were quantified in six medium sized American cities (including Arlington, Berkeley, Hartford, and Cambridge). This was performed by characterizing changes in the land use of each city using aerial photographs and other available visual representation of the cities. First, changes in the distribution and configuration of parking and buildings were quantified. Tax records were then evaluated to assess the impact that these changes had on the distribution of tax revenues yielded from the Central Business District (CBD) of each city. Geocoded tax records for the entire study area in each city were obtained from municipal assessment agencies. The amount of tax revenue generated by buildings, surface parking, and structured parking in the CBD was calculated. These data were then used to determine the relative contribution of each of these types of land uses to tax revenue. The study showed that a substantial consequence of parking consuming a large proportion of land in cities is the loss of significant amounts of potential tax revenue.

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    • This document was sponsored by the U.S. Department of Transportation, University Transportation Centers Program.
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    New England University Transportation Center

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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    Cambridge, MA  United States  01239

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

    University Transportation Centers Program
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  • Authors:
    • Garrick, Norman
    • Atkinson-Palombo, Carol
  • Publication Date: 2015-12-31


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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Edition: Final Report
  • Features: Figures;
  • Pagination: 3p

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  • Accession Number: 01723782
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: UCNR24-28A
  • Contract Numbers: DTRT12-G-UTC01
  • Created Date: Nov 27 2019 10:36AM