If you’re like me, and your girlfriend has to constantly calm you down while looking for parking in our fair city of New Orleans, then have I got the announcement for you.
Tomorrow, Tuesday, March 13, 2012 from 6-8pm in the Louisiana Pavilion at the WW2 Museum (945 Magazine) UCLA urban planning professor and economist Donald Shoup will be giving a symposium titled “Parking: Can We Do Better for Our Communities and Our Businesses?” The event is sponsored by the Urban Land Institute.
If you are unfamiliar with Mr Shoup’s work, he is the author of “The High Cost of Free Parking” and is profiled in the reason.tv spot below. The focus of his message is that “in addition to making it harder to find a spot when you need one, “free” parking exacerbates other problems, from pollution to traffic congestion. Using the power of market pricing, Shoup explains how to fix the parking mess in three steps.”
An example of how his ideas are being implemented in San Francisco can be found here.
Registration for the event takes place between 5:30-6pm at the museum. The cost is $15 for ULI members and $30 for non-members.