Donald Shoup – How Reforming our Misguided Wrongheaded Parking Policies can do a World of Good

March 24, 2018


How Reforming our Misguided Wrongheaded Parking Policies can do a World of Good




After overcoming the challenge of illustrating parking woes without being boring in his iconoclastic, The High Cost of Free Parking, Donald Shoup is back to bring us, Parking and the City. This easy to read and entertaining book shows that city parking policies prohibit walkability, damage the economy, raise housing costs, and penalize people who cannot afford or choose not to own a car, to name a few.




Using careful analysis and creative thinking, Shoup recommended three parking reforms: (1) remove off-street parking requirements, (2) charge the right prices for on- street parking, and (3) spend the meter revenue to improve public services on the metered streets.


Parking and the City reports on the progress that cities have made in adopting these three reforms. The successful outcomes provide convincing evidence that

Shoup’s policy proposals are not theoretical and idealistic but instead are practical and realistic.


The good news about our decades of bad planning for parking is that the damage we have done will be far cheaper to repair than to ignore.


Parking and the City, edited by Donald Shoup is due to be published on April 16th 2018 and available to purchase from Routledge.



Visit the book page at:

ISBN: 978-1-138-497-122 | $54.95 / £40.99

April 16, 2018 Available for Pre-Order




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, USA. His research has focused on how parking policies affect cities, the economy, and the environment. His research on employer-paid parking led to the passage of California’s parking cash-out law, and to changes in the Internal Revenue Code to encourage parking cash out. Shoup is a Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners, an Honorary Professor at the Beijing Transportation Research Center, and the Editor of ACCESS. In 2015, the American Planning Association gave Shoup its highest honor, the National Excellence Award for a Planning Pioneer.