Freakonomics » Parking Is Hell: A New Freakonomics Radio Podcast
"Everybody likes free parking, including me, probably you. But just because the driver doesn’t pay for it doesn’t mean that the cost goes away. If you don’t pay for parking your car, somebody else has to pay for it. And that somebody is everybody. We pay for free parking in the prices of the goods we buy at places where the parking is free. And we pay for parking as residents when we get free parking with our housing. We pay for it as taxpayers. Increasingly, I think we’re paying for it in terms of the environmental harm that it causes."
there is many more parking lots than cars, in some cities 3-8 times!
The High Cost of Free Parking, Updated Edition: Donald Shoup: 9781932364965: Amazon.com: Books
ReThinking a Lot: The Design and Culture of Parking: Eran Ben-Joseph: 9780262017336: Amazon.com: Books
About – SFpark:
SFpark works by using smart pricing so that drivers can quickly find open spaces. To help achieve the right level of parking availability, SFpark periodically adjusts meter and garage pricing up and down to match demand. Demand-responsive pricing encourages drivers to park in underused areas and garages, reducing demand in overused areas. Through SFpark, demand-responsive pricing works to readjust parking patterns in the city so that parking is easier to find