People Behind the Plans: Donald Shoup, FAICP

About This Episode

By his estimation, Donald Shoup, FAICP, thinks about parking more than anybody else. The longtime advocate for progressive parking policy has seen his ideas spread so widely that not only does he have fans, but they even have a nickname for themselves: "Shoupistas."

Don is a Distinguished Research Professor in the Department of Urban Planning at UCLA, author of the seminal High Cost of Free Parking, and editor of the recent Parking and the City. He chats with host Courtney Kashima, AICP, about how he got into the transportation subfield and how, throughout his career, he has tried to further equitable policies and correct market and government failures when it comes to parking.

He describes his basic thesis from The High Cost of Free Parking, which is that cities should (1) get rid of all minimum parking requirements, (2) charge demand-based prices for on-street parking, and (3) spend the revenue to pay for public services in the metered neighborhood. He and Courtney discuss those tenets as well as new parking-payment technologies, the growing need to better manage curb space, and even a bit of Roman history, all with Don's trademark passion and humor.

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