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Donald Shoup Explains Parking Reform

Donald Shoup, distinguished research professor in the Department of Urban Planning at UCLA, is shown in this video making a typically funny and engaging presentation at CNU 27 Louisville in 2019. In the presentation, Shoup lays out the key aspects of the parking reforms from his seminal book, The High Cost of Free Parking (2005) and the follow up, Parking and the City (2018).

  • 48 Mins
  • Published
    2019
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If you're looking for a place to start learning more about the specifics of parking reform, or you're looking for a way to confirm if you might be the next "Shoupista," look no further.

Donald Shoup, distinguished research professor in the Department of Urban Planning at UCLA, is shown in this video making a typically funny and engaging presentation at CNU 27 Louisville in 2019. In the presentation, Shoup lays out the key aspects of the parking reforms from his seminal book, The High Cost of Free Parking (2005) and the follow up, Parking and the City (2018).

The key point underlying the entire presentation and Shoup's work in general is that parking only seems free. While drivers might spend a great deal of time storing their car without charge as they go about their days, everyone else is paying for their convenience—in taxes and housing costs and in the cost of doing business and much more. Free parking is, in fact, a myth, but it’s a myth that dominated the politics of the built environment in the United States for decades—until Shoup came along.

Donald Shoup accomplished what might have been considered impossible at the beginning fo the millennium—transforming the seemingly mundane issue of parking, taken for granted by the vast majority of Americans, into one of the most significant reforms reform movements in contemporary planning. Shoup succeeded in championing the cause of parking reform by questioning the assumptions that drove key aspects of parking requirements. This critique, and Shoup's increasingly popular set of prescriptions, are delivered here with a robust archive of evidence and Shoup's unparalleled skill with a quip.

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