Recently, San Francisco started a trial project in several neighborhoods that aims to adjust hourly parking rates based on demand. A recent report for the Board of Supervisors found that we already have some of the most expensive parking and fines in the nation, so exactly how much higher rates will go remains to be seen.
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?“