Donald Shoup key note speaker at the 15th EPA Congress

This exceptional opportunity is the result of the activity of the Aipark’s Organizing Committee that is proud to communicate the confirmation of the presence of the man who “puts parking in its place”. For all those interested and connected to parking it is an extraordinary opportunity to be able to listen and discuss parking with the expert
that is the author of the famous publication The High Cost of Free Parking. According to Dr Shoup, free parking is the root problem of many of the ills that face our biggest cities.

In The High Cost of Free Parking, Donald Shoup argues that minimum parking requirements distort transportation choices, debase urban design, damage the economy, and degrade the environment. He contends that cities have made devastating mistakes with their parking policies, and proposes three basic reforms to undo the damage caused by nearly a century of bad planning: (1) charge prices for on-street parking to achieve about an 85-percent occupancy rate for the curb spaces, (2) use the resulting revenue to pay for public improvements on the metered streets, and (3) remove off-street parking requirements. Some American cities have adopted these policies,
and Shoup will report on the results.

Donald Shoup is a professor of urban planning at UCLA, where he has served as Chair of the Department of Urban Planning and as Director of the Institute of Transportation Studies. Much of his research has focused on parking as a key link between transportation and land use. This research has drawn widespread praise for revealing how parking policies can help or harm cities, the economy, and the environment. A growing number of cities have adopted Shoup’s recommendations to reduce off-street parking requirements, charge fair market prices for curb parking, and dedicate the meter revenue to finance added public services in the metered districts.

A very important contribution to the Parking: the new deal theme. For all the information about the Congress and to register, please visit