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Paul Barter
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Don't do the wrong thing "better". Do the RIGHT thing!
Last year, Brent Toderian, former chief planner of Vancouver, British Columbia, sent out this tweet: The evolution toward better planning in cities. Many cities are still working hard to "do the wrong thing better." pic.twitter.com/fdJh9tuMuM — Brent Toderi...

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How to collect on-street parking fees (and why it matters)
Today, a primer on mechanisms for collecting on-street parking fees. But first, why should you care? I think of you, dear Reinventing Parking readers, as having a keen interest in making parking policy wiser. But I don't expect you to be deeply into the tec...

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Walkable Parking: Why Most Parking Should Be Public
If  you want parking success without excess , you probably know something about Donald Shoup’s book, The High Cost of Free Parking, and its three main parking policy proposals: Eliminate minimum parking requirements Price on-street parking with fees set jus...

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Six signposts to a parking revolution
It is sad to see so many cities trying so hard to boost parking supply with policies like excessive parking minimums. Promoting plentiful parking fuels traffic growth and car-dependence  and is a horribly wasteful way to tackle parking problems. Fortunately...

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How to set on-street parking fees: eleven ways compared
Many cities poison the politics of parking fees by lacking a clearly-stated basis for rate decisions or by using a wrong-headed approach I see this daily in news about parking price reviews from all over the world. Examples from the last few days include Wa...

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Free parking: major problem or no big deal?
Do you want your city or town to shift away from promoting plentiful parking? Do you agree with Prof. Donald Shoup that inducing excessive free parking is a costly mistake? If so, you have probably heard someone trivialize the issue. Maybe they told you tha...

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Seductive but destructive goals: congestion-free and affordable driving
Urban transport decision-makers face huge pressures to keep driving uncongested and to keep it cheap. But take a look at cities that have worked long and hard to get free-flowing traffic and affordable driving. I doubt you will like what you see. This point...

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Parking success without parking excess
What is parking success? A recent trip to China reminded me of this question, which is important for cities everywhere. Beijing Shortage problem or management problem? China's cities have serious parking problems and most of them blame shortage. Rapid incre...

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New "how to" toolkit about on-street parking basics
In my parking work across Asia, I repeatedly hear the same questions about on-street parking management. Questions like: How can we improve parking enforcement when the situation seems hopeless? Should we ban on-street parking altogether? How can we improve...
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