This article, via the infrastructurist, is an interesting take on the theory and academia behind SF’s little project with demand-based pricing.
When it comes to parking, many drivers embrace the George Costanza system: Look for the dream spot, then â€œslowly expand out in concentric circles.â€ Georgie Boy’s philosophy may be a great metaphor for life, as Harvard’s president recently claimed. But it’s also crippling our city streets, argues UCLA professor Donald Shoupâ€”author of the 2005 book The High Cost of Free Parking and the man the Los Angeles Times recently called the â€œprophet of parking.â€
Shoup’s basic argument is that parking in cities is too cheap, in large part because many municipalities require businesses to provide a certain amount of spaces. The lure of cheap street-parking draws people into their cars rather than onto public transit, bicycles, or their feet. As a result, the demand for parking spaces greatly exceeds supply, and drivers crawl around in search of a spot, increasing urban congestion.
Read entire article “Should we Raise the Price of Street Parking?“