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The High Cost Of Minimum Parking Requirements

In The High Cost of Free Parking, course instructor Donald Shoup argued that minimum parking requirements subsidize cars, increase traffic congestion, pollute the air, encourage sprawl, increase housing costs, degrade urban design, prevent walkability, damage the economy, and penalize people who cannot afford a car.

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Course Info

  • Duration 9 video lessons (65 Mins)
  • Published Published
    2021
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Browse Course Chapters

  • 1. Introduction (1 min)
  • 2. Minimum Parking Requirements: 'The Great Planning Disaster' (7 mins)
  • 3. Parking Requirements Provide More Space for Cars Than for People (6 mins)
  • 4. As Disastrous and Unfair as the Perversity of a Willful Scheme (11 mins)
  • 5. Where Do Parking requirements Come From? The American Planning Association (5 mins)
  • 6. Where Do Parking requirements Come From? The Institute of Transportation Engineers (11 mins)
  • 7. The Hiding Hand of City Planning (4 mins)
  • 8. Removing Off-Street Parking Requirements (9 mins)
  • 9. Two Futures (8 mins)

What You Will Learn

  • Why cities require off-street parking spaces for every land use.
  • How cities decide on the number of parking spaces to require.
  • How parking requirements damage cities, the economy, and the environment.
  • How parking requirements discriminate against communities of color. 
  • Why cities are removing their parking requiements.

Course Description

Parking requirements are poisoning cities with too much parking. In the book the "The High Cost of Free Parking," course instructor Donald Shoup argued that minimum parking requirements subsidize cars, increase traffic congestion, pollute the air, encourage sprawl, increase housing costs, degrade urban design, prevent walkability, damage the economy, and penalize people who cannot afford a car. Since then, to his knowledge, no member of the planning profession has argued that parking requirements do not cause these harmful effects. Instead, a flood of recent research has shown parking requirements do cause these harmful effects.

Learn these skills

  • Law and Policy
  • Parking
  • Regulations
  • Transportation
  • Urban Design
  • Walkability

Meet Your Instructor

Donald Shoup

Donald Shoup

Donald Shoup is Distinguished Research Professor in the Department of Urban Planning at UCLA. His research has focused on transportation, public finance, and land economics.

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