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Free Parking: More Bad News

Interesting perspective!


Shortly after a recent discussion about parking in downtown — during which I argued that free public street parking is inherently problematic — I found this piece from the San Francisco Chronicle that provides related bad news.

According to the article, free parking may be the reason people across the U.S. continue to drive solo to work:

One explanation for persistently high rates of solo drivers, said Donald Shoup, a professor of urban planning at UCLA, is free parking.

“If you can park free at work, it’s an invitation to drive to work alone. And almost everybody who does drive to work has this invitation,” he said.

Shoup also apparently was instrumental in passing a 1992 California law that required employers to offer cash to employees in lieu of a parking spot. The program worked, the article states, though it also quotes Shoup as saying California hasn’t sufficiently taken advantage of…

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