Parking and the City by Donald C. Shoup
- Urban areas in general
- San Diego
- Old Pasadena area
- Many others
This book summarizes and builds on Donald Shoup's previously published book, The High Cost of Free Parking, which has been widely hailed as influencing changes in cities with new parking policies ("Shoup's 2005 Book Earns Place in Planning History"). Parking and the City covers the topic of parking economics and also includes many chapters by a new generation of voices that are taking Dr. Shoup's ideas foward with new research.
The first feature of Parking and the City is its summary introduction of 55 pages that reviews, in a more compact form, the main points of The High Cost of Free Parking.
Following the introduction, the book is made of sections which include chapters on the three major parking reforms that are Shoup's thesis:
- Part I: Remove Off-Street Parking Requirements
- Part II: Charge the Right Prices For On-Street Parking
- Part III: Parking Benefits Districts
In Part I, Shoup reveals the lies put out by the Institute of Transportation Engineers regarding parking requirements--simply put, the ITE puts out numbers that have tenuous scientific and logical backing. Other chapters cover the consequences of "free parking," environmental impact of parking lots, affordable housing, unitended consequences, the hidden cost of bundled parking, and parking policy. The parking glut in LA (pp. 177-182) is covered as well as the decision by one of the world's largest cities to get rid of parking minimums and get "less off-street Parking, More Mexico City" (pp. 183-190).
Part II covers charging the "right prices" for parking. Issues such as cruising, placard abuse, fines, prices, lean demand management, SFpark, and market-priced parking are reviewed. The lessons learned in San Francisco from observing people cruising for parking are examined as well as ideas for optimizing public garages, LA Express Park, campus parking, and cashing out employer paid parking.
Part III looks at using the money collected from parking to be used to benefit the districts in which it is collected. These chapters look at Old Pasadena, Ventura, Houston, Austin, Mexico City, Beijing, and residential parking districts.
Seldom does an academic book have an impact as much as Shoup's The High Cost of Free Parking, but Shoup's latest effort, Parking and the City, has even more impact since it gathers research since the 2005 book, concisely summarizes the 2005 book, and introduces the voices of a new generation taking part in the conversation about parking.
- ShoupDogg: Donald Shoup's Web site.
- The Shoupistas: a Facebook group about the book.
- "UCLA parking guru releases follow-up to groundbreaking book: Donald Shoup's "Parking and the City" recommends three parking reforms," by Stan Paul, April 17, 2018, UCLA Newsroom.
- "Shoup's 2005 Book Earns Place in Planning History," September 24, 2018, UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs.
- "Free Parking versus Free Markets: A Review Essay on Donald Shoup's The High Cost of Free Parking," by Daniel Klein, Professor of Economics, George Mason University.
- The High Cost of Free Parking... And the Havoc It Wreaks on American Cities," Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, Review, Volume 3, Number 2, Summer 2005.
- "The High Cost of Free Parking," Ryan McGreal, Raise the Hammer, April 14, 2005.
- People Places: Car-Free: links to help you have a car-free lifestyle.