Donald Shoup, FAICP

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Donald Shoup is an academic authority on parking and its effects on transportation, land use, cities, the economy, and the environment. He has testified about parking policies before Congress and the California legislature, and his research has resulted in state and federal legislation implementing his proposal to cash out employer-paid parking. Inducted 2004.

Professional Biography

Donald Shoup, FAICP, is Distinguished Research Professor in the Department of Urban Planning at the University of California, Los Angeles. His research has focused on transportation, public finance, and land economics, with emphasis on how parking policies affect cities, the economy, and the environment. In his landmark 2005 book, The High Cost of Free Parking, Shoup recommended that cities should (1) charge fair market prices for on-street parking, (2) spend the revenue to improve public services in the metered neighborhoods, and (3) remove off-street parking requirements. In his 2018 book, Parking and the City, Shoup and his co-authors examined the results where cities have adopted these policies. The successful outcomes show this trio of reforms may be the simplest, cheapest, and fastest way to improve cities, protect the environment, and promote social justice. Shoup is a Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners and an Honorary Professor at the Beijing Transportation Research Center. The American Planning Association gave Shoup its National Excellence Award for a Planning Pioneer, and the American Collegiate Schools of Planning gave him its Distinguished Educator Award.


Yale College
Graduation Date: June, 1961
Degree Level: Undergraduate

Yale University
Graduation Date: June, 1968
Degree Level: PhD/J.D.


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