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The High Cost of Free Parking

By Donald Shoup

One of APA's most popular titles, now updated and in paperback. This landmark treatise argues that cities are getting parking wrong and paying for their mistakes with sprawl, pollution, and higher prices. Donald Shoup shows how better parking policies could make better cities.

Published by APA Planners Press, 2011

Format: Paperback, 808 pp.

ISBN: 978-1-932364-96-5

Quick order code: A64965

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One of APA's most popular and influential titles is finally in paperback, with a new preface and afterword by the author.

In this landmark treatise, Donald Shoup argues that free parking contributes to auto dependence, rapid urban sprawl, extravagant energy use, and a host of other problems. Free-parking mandates intended to alleviate congestion end up distorting transportation choices, debasing urban design, damaging the economy, and degrading the environment. Ubiquitous free parking helps explain why our sprawling cities suit cars more than people, and why American motor vehicles now consume an eighth of the world's oil production.

But it doesn't have to be this way. The Yale-trained economist and UCLA planning professor proposes new avenues to regulate parking — measures he says will make parking easier and driving less necessary. You'll never look at a parking spot the same way again.

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Meet the Author

Donald Shoup, FAICPDonald Shoup, FAICP, is a professor of urban planning at the University of California, Los Angeles. He holds a doctorate in economics from Yale and is a Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners. From 1996 to 2001, Shoup directed the Institute of Transportation Studies at UCLA and, from 1999 to 2003, he chaired the university's Department of Urban Planning.

In the News

Point Austin: 'Free' is much too expensive
Austin Chronicle
April 6, 2012

Page One for the "Shoupistas"
Better Cities & Towns
March 16, 2012

A Meter So Expensive, It Creates Parking Spots
New York Times
March 15, 2012

San Francisco and L.A.: Parking makes the difference. (APA Members Only)
Planning magazine, January 2005

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