When a noted planner and land value tax advocate meets staunch free-market libertarians what happens? A new paradigm peeks out... Higher Rent=Less Congestion: the SFpark Experience.
Donald Shoup is a non-traditional giant of the planning and urbanist schools. He believes in markets, believes in studying the fiscal impacts of plans, and believes that command and control isn't always the best, first choice.
Shoup's ground-breaking work "The High Cost of Free Parking" elucidated the missing common ground between planners and commercial operations who resent having to provide "free parking" at a high cost in land, insurance and maintenance. Instead, argues Shoup, let the government take care of the parking, and pay for it with the "rent" from each and every parking space based upon its desirability to a particular location.
Some planners may think going to the Cato Institute would be a new Daniel in the Lion's Den, but not so. By letting the community handle what can be easily conceded as a public function, business and labor may be left alone to do what they do best: make things, provide services and earn wages. CATO was receptive. There is a permanent middle ground if people of good will and open minds stake it out for all.