In The High Cost of Free Parking (2005), Donald Shoup shows that, like freeways and free schooling, free parking isn’t cheap. The huge and often hidden costs, he argues, could be greatly reduced through a policy of radical decentralization, in which newly created local parking districts would use parking revenues to fund district improvements.

Daniel B. Klein is a Research Fellow at the Independent Institute and Professor of Economics at George Mason University.
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