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July 23, 2015 Books, Featured, Parking No Comments

Parking management is a popular topic, I have numerous books on the subject. Now I have one more: Parking Management for Smart Growth by Richard W. Willson:

The average parking space requires approximately 300 square feet of asphalt. That’s the size of a studio apartment in New York or enough room to hold 10 bicycles. Space devoted to parking in growing urban and suburban areas is highly contested—not only from other uses from housing to parklets, but between drivers who feel entitled to easy access. Without parking management, parking is a free-for-all—a competitive sport—with arbitrary winners and losers. Historically drivers have been the overall winners in having free or low-cost parking, while an oversupply of parking has created a hostile environment for pedestrians.

In the last 50 years, parking management has grown from a minor aspect of local policy and regulation to a central position in the provision of transportation access. The higher densities, tight land supplies, mixed land uses, environmental and social concerns, and alternative transportation modes of Smart Growth demand a different approach—actively managed parking.

This book offers a set of tools and a method for strategic parking management so that communities can better use parking resources and avoid overbuilding parking. It explores new opportunities for making the most from every parking space in a sharing economy and taking advantage of new digital parking tools to increase user interaction and satisfaction. Examples are provided of successful approaches for parking management—from Pasadena to London. At its essence, the book provides a path forward for strategic parking management in a new era of tighter parking supplies.

The book, published by Island Press, is available in softcover & hardcover
The book, published by Island Press, is available in softcover & hardcover

To see the topics covered, here’s the contents:

  1. Introduction: What is a Parking Space Worth?
    Parking as a Contested Space
    Problems of Unmanaged Parking
    Understanding Parking Behavior
    Strategic Parking Management
    Key Terms
    Map of the Book
  2. Parking Management Techniques
    Origins of Parking Management
    Understanding and Organizing Parking Management Methods
    Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced Parking Management
    Parking Management Gone Wrong
  3. Creating a Parking Management Strategy
    Planning and Strategy in Parking Management
    Parking Management Stakeholders
    Process for Developing a Parking Management Strategy
    Process Pays
  4. Managing an Integrated Parking Supply (Rick Williams)
    Management Principles
    Organizational Structure: Administration and Management
    Defining the Role of On-Street Parking
    Relationship of On- and Off-Street Parking Assets
    Rate Setting Policy and Protocols
    Measuring Performance
    Identifying and Communicating the Integrated Parking System
    New Technologies
    Financial Analysis and Management
  5. Best Practice Strategies
    Best Practice: Individual Measures
    Best Practice: Integrated Strategies
    Global Perspective
    Case Study Conclusions
  6. Implementing Strategic Parking Management
    Politics and Community Participation
    Technical Challenges
    Greening Parking Operations
    Parking Enforcement
    Conclusions on Implementation
  7. Parking Management for Smart Growth
    A Paradigm Shift
    Why Not Rely on Pricing Alone?
    A Broader Vision for Strategic Parking Management
    It’s Time

I’m looking forward to diving into some of these topics. The book came out last month, you can read an excerpt or order from Left Bank Books.

— Steve Patterson


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