With the new initiative to create parklets in the city of Los Angeles, the new outdoor spaces could ultimately take away free parking spots.
But before drivers get in an uproar, one must realize that paying for a parking space in L.A. might not be such a bad thing – it could actually help the city.
Urban Planning professor and parking expert Donald Shoup was interviewed on the KPCC (89.3 FM) morning show, Brand and Martinez, and discussed how parklets and less free parking spaces could actually help Los Angeles, as they have in New York and San Francisco.
"You pay for everything with your car, so why not pay for parking?" Shoup said on the show.
Shoup stated that the revenue generated from parking could be put back in to making the city cleaner. He illustrated his point with how old town Pasadena generates over $1 million in revenue each year from parking and uses it to keep the streets clean of debris and graffiti.
To hear the entire interview, please click the link below. Click here to see the story on KPCC"s website.