San Francisco Program “Biggest Test” of Parking Expert Don Shoup’s Theories

San Francisco Program “Biggest Test” of Parking Expert Don Shoup’s Theories

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Thu, 03/15/2012 - 7:22pm

San Francisco, one of a number of U.S. urban centers notorious for it’s limited street parking, is putting the ideas of UCLA Luskin Urban Planning Professor Donald Shoup to the test, the New York Times reported.

In the May 15 article, the program is described as “the biggest test yet of the theories of Donald Shoup,” author of the  2005 book, “The High Cost of Free Parking,” a 700-plus page tome that “made him something of a cult figure to city planners.” The article cites, for example, a Facebook group,  The Shoupistas, numbering more than a thousand members.

The program goal, following the theory, is to keep spaces available by shifting prices for high-demand areas up while lowering prices for less-populated curbsides. Additional benefits of this pricing policy are decreased pollution, and time saved by drivers circling city blocks, which Shoup can convert into trips around the earth, or trips to the moon.

“I think the basic idea is that we will see a lot of benefits if we get the price of curbside parking right, which is the lowest price a city can charge and still have one or two vacant spaces available on every block,” Shoup was quoted.

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San Francisco, one of a number of U.S. urban centers notorious for it’s limited street parking, is putting the ideas of UCLA Luskin Urban Planning Professor Donald Shoup to the test, the New York Times reported.