Comment 62265

By Undustrial (registered) - website | Posted April 14, 2011 at 13:40:20

For anyone who wants a very good and detailed look at the economics behind this nonsense, take a look at Donald Shoup's book "The High Cost of Free Parking". The library has it, and though it's massive, you learn something on nearly every page.

Wanna see more walkable neighbourhoods? Stop mandating car-friendly ones. In downtown Toronto, a single parking space can cost over $30 000. This is a massive investment of cash and space, and serves only as a massive subsidy to drivers and the auto industry, at the expense of cityscapes which were never designed to handle this much traffic. Just look at the number of entire blocks which have been and are still being levelled for parking downtown.

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