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davmre · 2014-02-21 · Original thread
1. Free parking at businesses, housing developments, even single-family homes is quite often mandated by regulation. In many cities, if you build a new apartment building, shopping mall, etc., you're required by law to also construct a proportional quantity of parking, even if that goes against your judgement as to the best use of space and resources. See http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/15/business/economy/15view.ht... and http://www.amazon.com/The-High-Cost-Free-Parking/dp/18848299....

2. No one's calling for the guillotine for all car owners (that would include me!). But democratic governments are a function of their citizens. If externalities are not being internalized, it's because there is some powerful faction -- drivers, in this case -- that benefits from the status quo. Yes, the US govt is dysfunctional, but go ahead and try surveying the US public about a carbon tax that would raise gas to $10/gallon. It's not just some abstract 'government' that favors subsidies here -- it's pretty much the entire citizenry.

Uchikoma · 2013-05-24 · Original thread
"taking up lots of extra space for storing them both at home and at work," + 1 "The High Cost of Free Parking" http://www.amazon.com/The-High-Cost-Free-Parking/dp/18848299...
jonasvp · 2010-07-10 · Original thread
I wish I could upvote you more... the price we all pay for free (car) parking is incredible and the "driving around until you find a spot"-part of it is actually neglible. Check out "The High Cost of Free Parking" if you're interested in the topic: http://www.amazon.com/High-Cost-Free-Parking/dp/1884829988
ojbyrne · 2010-06-03 · Original thread
There's a city planner who believes parking should never be free - http://www.amazon.com/High-Cost-Free-Parking/dp/1884829988 - I believe he's involved with this project.
jseliger · 2009-08-24 · Original thread
Shimon is correct. If you'd like more detail on the subject, see some of the articles in City journal: http://www.city-journal.org/ or The High Cost of Free Parking: http://www.amazon.com/High-Cost-Free-Parking/dp/1884829988 or The Option of Urbanism: http://www.amazon.com/Option-Urbanism-Investing-American-Dre...

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