This article offers some perspectives on a textbook examining the planning aspects of parking in urban areas. In The High Cost of Free Parking, the author, Donald Shoup, contends that parking lots should be planned by individual developers rather than urban planners. According to Shoup, the vast majority of parking is unused, and with developers determining parking availability, less parking would be built while commuters would be forced to look for alternatives. Shoup next focuses on the availability and cost of on-street parking, noting that drivers will spend a significant amount of time looking for free or low-priced on-street parking instead of locating more expensive off-street parking In order to deal with the resulting congestion and pollution, Shoup suggests that on-street parking be priced such that 15% of the spaces are free at all times. Taking into account the availability of numerous technologies for collecting payment, Shoup recommends that on-street parking be available to everyone but at a cost. He further suggests that money collected from parking should be used to improve the infrastructure, such as new streets, parks, lighting, and security, as well as environmental improvements.


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  • Accession Number: 01001792
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: UC Berkeley Transportation Library
  • Files: BTRIS, TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 7 2005 12:00AM