Do decision-makers in rapidly motorising societies everywhere need to rethink parking policy? There is talk of a "paradigm shift", at least according to Donald Shoup or Todd Litman. We urgently need to know what it will mean for motorising cities. Such places have not yet make the parking mistakes of North America but maybe they are about to?
In what ways might Shoup or Litman's analysis or Shoupista policies be relevant for developing cities such as Indian or Chinese ones?
By the way, Shoup suggests:
- eliminate off-street parking requirements, so that parking becomes 'unbundled' from other real estate
- price on-street parking to ensure a few vacancies and eliminate cruising for parking
- return the street-parking revenue to local benefit districts.
You may say this is premature. Shoup's proposals are aimed at North America where the problem is the oversupply of parking. No-one would say that there is an excess of parking in Delhi or Guangzhou. And in any case, rich western cities have hardly begun to put his ideas into practice.
Nevertheless, I think even cities with low car ownership should be paying close attention to these new parking debates.