Parking and the City


6″ x 9″, softcover, 514 pages, Routledge.

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In 51 chapters by 46 authors Parking and the City shows how reforming parking policies can discourage sprawl, while enhancing walkability and local economic development.

Over a decade ago, author Donald Shoup, wrote the widely influential book, The High Cost of Free Parking. In it he reviewed the current state of public parking and made three now widely accepted recommendations for reform:

  • Remove off-street parking requirements,
  • Charge the right prices for on-street parking,
  • Spend the parking revenue to improve public services on the metered streets.

Now, Shoup and an expert team review his recommendations and report on the impacts of cities implementing these reforms. The successful outcomes provide convincing evidence that Shoup’s policy proposals are not theoretical and idealistic but instead are practical and realistic and have made positive improvements in cities across the nation.

The three major sections of Parking and the City are organized around each of one of Shoup’s recommendations.

The first of the three sections focuses on the impacts of off-street parking and its corresponding policies and regulations.

The second section, focusing on pricing, largely deals with the impacts of on-street parking demand management.

The third section focuses on case studies of Parking Benefit Districts (PBD), where parking reform revenue is directed into local investments via projects such as wifi, street planting or other downtown improvements.

Table of Contents



Part I. Remove Off-Street Parking Requirements

1. Truth in Transportation Planning
Donald Shoup

2. People, Parking, and Cities
Michael Manville and Donald Shoup

3. The High Cost of Parking Requirements
Donald Shoup

4. The Unequal Burden of Parking Requirements
Donald Shoup

5. Parking Mismanagement: An Rx for Congestion
Rachel Weinberger

6. The United States of Parking
Seth Goodman

7. The Fiscal and Travel Consequences of Parking Requirements
Chris McCahill, Norman Garrick, and Carol Atkinson-Palombo

8. The Environmental Impacts of Parking Lots
Emma Kirkpatrick, Amélie Davis, and Brian Pijanowski

9. Parking and Affordable Housing in San Francisco
Wenyu Jia and Martin Wachs

10. The Unintended Consequences of New York City’s Parking Requirements
Simon McDonnell and Josiah Madar

11. The High Cost of Bundled Parking
C.J. Gabbe and Gregory Pierce

12. Parking Policy in Asian Cities
Paul Barter

13. Parking Infrastructure and the Environment
Mikhail Chester, Arpad Horvath, and Samer Madanat

14. The Parking Glut in Los Angeles
Andrew Fraser, Mikhail Chester, and Juan Matute

15. Less Off-Street Parking, More Mexico City
Rodrigo Garcia Resendiz and Andres Sañudo Gavaldon

16. From Parking Minimums to Parking Maximums in London
Zhan Guo

17. Putting a Cap on Parking Requirements
Donald Shoup

18. Parking Requirements and Housing Development
Michael Manville

19. Parking Reforms Made Easy
Richard Willson

20. Parking Management for Smart Growth
Richard Willson

21. On-Street Parking Management vs. Off-Street Parking Requirements
Donald Shoup

22. Abolishing Parking Requirements: A Guide for Practitioners
Patrick Siegman

23. Buffalo Abandons Parking Requirements
Daniel Hess

24. Solar Parking Requirements
Donald Shoup

Part II. Charge Market Prices For On-Street Parking

25. Cruising for Parking
Donald Shoup

26. Free Parking or Free Markets
Donald Shoup

27. Informal Parking on Sidewalks
Donald Shoup

28. Progressive Parking Prices
Michael Klein

29. Progressive Parking Fines
Donald Shoup

30. Disabled Parking Abuse
Michael Manville and Jonathan Williams

31. Ending the Abuse of Disabled Parking Placards
Donald Shoup

32. Ending Disabled Placard Abuse at Parking Meters: The Two-Tier Solution
Donald Shoup and Fernando Torres-Gil

33. Parking Charity
Donald Shoup

34. Popular Parking Meters
Donald Shoup

35. Parking Limits: Lessons from parking Demand Management in Berkeley
Elizabeth Deakin

36. SFpark
Jay Primus

37. SFpark: Pricing Parking by Demand
Gregory Pierce and Donald Shoup

38. Did SFpark Work?
Michael Manville and Daniel Chatman

39. Cruising for Parking: Lessons from SFpark
Adam Millard-Ball, Rachel Weinberger, and Robert Hampshire

40. Optimizing the Use of Public Garages: Pricing Parking by Demand
Gregory Pierce, Hank Willson, and Donald Shoup

41. LA Express Park
Peer Ghent

42. The Politics and Economics of Parking on Campus
Donald Shoup

43. Cashing Out Employer-Paid Parking
Donald Shoup

Part III. Parking Benefit Districts

44. Parking Matters in Old Pasadena
Douglas Kolozsvari and Donald Shoup

45. Revitalizing a Downtown with Smart Parking Policies
Dan Zack

46. Paid Parking and Free Wi-Fi in Ventura
Thomas Mericle

47. A Parking Benefit District Grows in Houston
Maria Irshad

48. The Benefits of Parking Benefit Districts in Austin
Leah Bojo

49. Parking Benefit Districts in Mexico City
Rodrigo Garcia Resendiz and Andres Sañudo Gavaldon

50. Parking Benefit Districts in Beijing
Donald Shoup, Quan Yuan, and Xin Jiang

51. Parking Benefit Districts in Residential Neighborhoods
Donald Shoup


About the Author

Donald Shoup, FAICP, is Distinguished Research Professor of Urban Planning in the Luskin School of Public Affairs at the University of California, Los Angeles


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“Ultimately, Parking and the City ably meets its objectives to provide, in a single volume, a compendium of the latest insights on parking management, curated by the world’s leading parking scholar. The book could readily be used by practitioners seeking clear evidence supporting the reforms they seek to implement, and it would also function well as a text­book for a parking policy class.”
— Andrew Mondschein,
University of Virginia

“In his landmark book, The High Cost of Free Parking, Donald Shoup, FAICP, argued that reducing subsidies for parking would reduce air pollution and traffic congestion as well as improve land use… In a follow-up book, Parking and the City, Shoup and 46 other contributors examined the results of these reforms in practice and found important benefits for cities, the economy, and the environment.”
— American Planning Association

“Don Shoup has done more to revolutionize the way we think about parking than anybody on the planet. His latest book tells the story of the impact his ideas are having on the subject. It is a must read for anybody who cares about the future of our cities.”
— Michael Dukakis,
Distinguished Professor of Political Science, Northeastern University