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Nation's top parking expert: free and subsidized parking robs American cities

Donald Shoup to ouline how Chicago and its suburbs can put parking revenues to better use

(Chicago) … UCLA professor and parking expert Donald Shoup, author of The High Cost of Free Parking , will present his radical views on what’s wrong with widespread parking subsidies to a Chicago audience on Wednesday, Nov. 2, noon to 1:30 p.m, at the University Club of Chicago, 76 E. Monroe St., in downtown Chicago.

In The High Cost of Free Parking , Shoup maintains that “wrong-headed” parking policies are “devastating U.S. cities,” while generating possibly the “most costly subsidy American cities provide to their citizens.” For instance, in 2002, the subsidy for off-street parking was between $127 and $374 billion – an amount comparable to what the U.S. spent on Medicare or national defense that same year.

Shoup’s ideas clearly conflict with Chicago ’s new zoning code. For instance, Shoup says parking minimums – such as one parking space per 100 ft in a funeral home, 2,500 gallons of water in a public pool, or 10 nuns in a nunnery – continue to drain resources and drive up housing and business costs instead of improving streets. He will outline how Chicago-area communities can avoid parking headaches and reap “terrific benefits,” including billions in revenues, by eliminating subsidized street parking and allowing the market to play a role.

Presentation by UCLA professor and a nationwide authority on parking, Donald Shoup, author of The High Cost of Free Parking

Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2005
noon to 1:30 p.m.

University Club of Chicago
Cathedral Room, 9th Floor
76 E. Monroe St., Chicago, Ill.

All media are welcome to attend. Please register in advance so we can plan for lunch. Also, the University Club of Chicago dress code requires business casual attire. Contact Mandy Burrell at 312-863-6018 or


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