Thursday, April 25, 2024

The High Cost of Free Parking

So often it all comes down to parking. Our cities are shaped by how we travel, and as driving cars came to dominate, so did parking. In the mid-20th century, cities and towns started requiring developers to include parking with their new buildings. These requirements, mandatory parking minimums, set standards for the number of parking spaces for each building. These parking spaces don’t come cheap and hurt our cities, making them less livable. UCLA urban planning professor Donald Shoup joins the video to discuss ways to address the effect of free parking on cities.