Donald Shoup

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Updated: The Perils of Central Planning for Parking

The California State Legislature is once again considering statewide parking reforms. Planetizen dusted off a Donald Shoup op-ed published last year to once again explain the stakes. While the name of the bill has changed, the terms still apply.

July 27, 2022 - Donald Shoup

Downtown Portland

The Perils of Central Planning for Parking

Donald Shoup, the author of the seminal planning book "The High Cost of Free Parking," explains how parking requirements have poisoned cities and why poor planning is to blame.

May 26, 2021 - Donald Shoup

Canadian Cities

Citywide Elimination of Parking Minimums on Track in Edmonton

Edmonton, Alberta could be the first major Canadian city to eliminate parking minimums citywide—an ambitious and notable step for all North American cities.

May 19, 2020 - Strong Towns

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Editorial: Pittsburgh Fails to Provide Adequate Parking Around Downtown

New development coming to Downtown Pittsburgh lacks sufficient parking, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

August 19, 2019 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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Parking Minimums Not Required in a Larger Section of Houston

The Houston Council voted yesterday to extend its market-base parking program.

July 18, 2019 - Rice Kinder Institute for Urban Research

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Court Ruling: Chalking Tires Amounts to Unconstitutional Search of Vehicle

A unanimous ruling by a three-judge panel of the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals on April 22 found that the chalking of tires by parking enforcement officers on public streets is a violation of the Fourth Amendment.

April 29, 2019 - The New York Times

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Putting a Stop to Disabled-Placard Fraud in L.A.

The fine for misuse of a placard will increase considerably, but not everyone agrees this is the right way to address a growing problem.

April 25, 2019 - Los Angeles Times

Mall Parking Lot

'Tis the Season for Abundant Parking

On what is arguably a peak parking day, parking lots around the country still had plenty of space.

December 5, 2018 - CityLab


Mayoral Candidate Wants Density in Spokane, But Do Voters?

As City Council president, Ben Stuckart passed legislation to facilitate apartments and limit parking requirements. He hopes voters see the additional housing as a benefit.

July 17, 2018 - The Pacific Northwest Inlander

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Book Review: Shoup Passes the Torch With 'Parking and the City'

Parking and the City features Shoup at his witty best, accompanied by a group of passionate collaborators for the cause of rational parking regulations. The future of parking reform is in good hands.

July 16, 2018 - James Brasuell

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A New Video to Explain the High Cost of Free Parking

Mobility Lab, the Chilton Media Group, and Vox have produced a new video on the price of parking, and "how we have historically done it all wrong" in the United States.

July 19, 2017 - Mobility Lab

Empty Parking Lot

How Cities Are Slimming Down on Parking

Cities around the world are finding ways to go on a parking diet, freeing up unused space. San Francisco and Philadelphia are two U.S. leaders, while cities like Paris, Copenhagen, and Zurich pursue even more aggressive measures.

October 2, 2016 - The Guardian


Parking Benefit Districts Around the U.S.

As Pittsburgh moves forward on a parking management program to fund neighborhood improvements, take a look at how other cities have adapted this Shoup-inspired redevelopment strategy.

May 2, 2016 - Keystone Crossroads

The Golden State of Disabled Drivers

"Something is wrong," proclaimed Los Angeles Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D), "when one in eight California drivers claims a disability." Gatto has introduced two bills: one to address disabled parking, the other could promote variable pricing of parking.

April 4, 2016 - Streetsblog California

Shoup Op-Ed: Planners Can Help the Poor By Reducing Parking Requirements

Put another way, Shoup's case against parking requirements is that they make life harder for the poor.

March 4, 2016 - The Washington Post


A New Era of On-Street Parking Policies

The influence of Donald Shoup's classic book, "The High Cost of Free Parking," is becoming more and more apparent in more and more cities around the country.

February 5, 2016 - Pew Charitable Trusts

Pave Paradise and Put Up a 16-Mile Parking Lot—An Inventory of L.A. County Parking

A new study quantifies the amount of space devoted to parking in Los Angeles County—a figure that just begs to be visualized.

January 7, 2016 - Better Institutions

Parking Spaces Reduced in Center City Philadelphia—Along With Parking Occupancy

Philadelphia is providing a living case study of the tenants of the Donald Shoup-approach to parking.

January 1, 2016 - Plan Philly

Why I'm a Shoupista

Bill Fulton tells the story about how he became a Shoupista—thanks in part to Donald Shoup's love of Hello Dolly!

April 22, 2015 - California Planning & Development Report

Cleveland Warehouse District

Policy Dos and Don'ts from 'Parking Guru' Donald Shoup

Distinguished Professor of Urban Planning Donald Shoup has caused a revolution in the field of parking economics over his four decades at UCLA.

April 20, 2015 - The Planning Report

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