Season 1 Episode 43:

In this episode, John has a fascinating conversation with Donald Shoup, a Distinguished Research Professor in the Department of Urban Planning at UCLA about how strategic parking policy reforms can help create healthy, vibrant communities.

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Show Notes:

In 2005, Donald Shoup published a nearly 800-page book called The High Cost of Free Parking which quickly became a “cult-classic” in urbanism, transportation, and planning circles. In 2018 he followed up by editing Parking and the City a series of case studies, stories, and learnings from around the world.

Perhaps the most significant achievement in his writings, presentations, and conversations is how he makes talking about parking policy interesting, engaging, and even humorous at times.

Additional Helpful Links:

Parkumentaries – including a link the Adam Ruins Everything truTV video

Adam Ruins Everything Podcast w/ Donald Shoup as guest


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