The Guru of Parking is Releasing a New Book

Donald Shoup, one of the most frequently cited experts in parking, has just published a new book, titled Parking and the City. His previous book, The High Cost of Free Parking, touched off a wave of research and discussion in the ways cities manage their parking capacity.

  Parking and the City focuses on three key recommendations for cities. Cities should remove off-street parking requirements for builders of all types, letting developers, merchants and others create parking spaces based on the market value of the space.

  Parking spaces should have their price changed dynamically according to demand and time of day, so that some spaces are almost always left open, but quick turnover is encouraged.

  The debate over whether employees can work from home or not does not just vary by company, but by department. IBM started by recalling certain departments but not others. A facilities manager may need to plan for a CMO who’s allowing his staff to work from home more to improve retention, leading to less parking needed on some days. Then the CTO may decide to end a work from home program to encourage collaboration among engineers, and facilities has to adapt again.

  Revenue raised by charging for parking should not go into general funds, but should instead be spent on visible public services in the same areas where the funds are collected, to build a constituency in support of paid parking.

Parking and the City also provides a great overview of parking research over the last decade, and is a must-have for anyone seriously studying the state of parking today.