More parking links

Donald Shoup wrote me and asked if I might pass along the following links, to correct misinformation:

1. A short video on the San Francsico parking experiment.

2. Shoup speaking at Yale.

3. How to price curb parking.

4. NYT Op-Ed by Shoup.

5. Chapter one of Shoup's book.

6. Shoup's website.

From me, here is Matt Yglesias on parking feedback loops.


I'll go along with the 85% performance-parking concept in the third item. I guess parking garages must do something like that. When I want to use one, they seem mostly occupied, but a space is nearly always available.

In DC, I suppose a performance parking scheme would have to account -- don't ask me how -- for the fact that 50% of those green parking payment kiosks are out of order at any given moment.

From one of the links: "(1) charge performancebased-prices for curb parking and (2) return the revenue to the metered districts to pay for added public services."

How did they arrive at 85 percent? Why not 80? Why not 90? Why not 50?

As for (2), this seems odd. That's the only option for the revenue mentioned. More and better public services. Huh. I mean, it doesn't test the imagination TOO much to envision another use.

Finally, the article spends a lot of time discussing commercial districts. I'd like to see more done to address the fact that some people live in these districts. I think political reality and common sense dictate some consideration in this regard, such as some kind of residential permit. Not a free one, necessarily, but something, at least for some defined period of time while the situation shakes out.



As for the 85 percent, I am still not sure if this is designed to maximize income, minimize wait times, minimize amount of time people park, etc. Either way, I can't believe 85 percent achieves that in all cases.

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