Shoup Weighs in on Portland Parking

International parking thought leader Donald Shoup (“The High Cost of Free Parking“) has offered some thoughts on Portland’s debate about apartment buildings with no off-site parking in an op-ed in the Oregonian.

Shoup’s ideas are always thought-provoking, but his suggestions here get at a key distinction: car ownership and storage versus car use.

Portland’s existing parking permit districts typically provide enforcement from 8AM until the early evening, targeting people who are driving to a district.

Shoup is suggesting permits to regulate overnight parking, which targets the ownership and storage of cars, not where you use them to drive to.

Fascinating.

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