A Giant Retires – A Tribute to Donald Shoup


Celebrating Donald Shoup’s Legacy

In 1978, an associate professor named Donald Shoup co-wrote a paper and started a revolution.

With his doctoral student Don Pickrell, Shoup published “Problems with Parking Requirements in Zoning Ordinances,” a short article that used simple economic principles to demonstrate that cities’ methods of managing parking requirements in new developments were completely backward. When citizens insisted on cheap and easy parking as new buildings were being built, city managers made developers include enough off-street parking spots to accommodate the increased traffic. Shoup and Pickrell showed that these requirements drove up the cost of housing, encouraged driving and decreased public transit use. The evidence was clear and the policy recommendation clearer: End minimum parking requirements and let the market dictate the supply of parking.

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