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The Real Cost of Free Curb Space

Photo by Wouter Kiel, courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons

The average American vehicle spends a whopping 95% of its life parked.  And yet, for all of the engineers and urban planners who study how humans and cars interact on the road, one man stands out as an authority how our lives, towns and experiences are affected once those cars stop. Donald Shoup is a Yale-trained economist, former chair of UCLA’s Department of Urban Planning, and author of The High Cost of Free Parking.  Word of Mouth’s Rebecca Lavoie spoke to Donald Shoup from his office in California, and asked him what is it about parking that seems to set people a few evolutionary spaces back.

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Rebecca oversees the team that makes NHPR podcasts, including Outside/In and Civics 101. She has previously served as NHPR's Director of Audience & Engagement, Digital Director, and Senior Producer for Word of Mouth.
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