Free Parking Is Apparently Anything But Free

August 10, 2009

In The High Cost of Free Parking, Donald Shoup breaks down the real expense of free lots and garages (e.g. the kind at malls) and finds that they frequently run five figures per parking space. Developers may pay for it up front, but the public pays in terms of air quality, a rise in commercial rents (passed on to consumers, naturally), and cost-of-living increases. So next time your Prius-driving pals make fun of your gas-guzzling SUV, remind them that their ride has the same unpleasant impact when it's sitting in a parking lot. [WorldChanging via BoingBoing]

2017
The Car Connection
See the winners »
2017
The Car Connection
Commenting is closed for this article
 
Ratings and Reviews
Rate and review your car for The Car Connection
Review your car
The Car Connection Daily Headlines
I agree to receive emails from the site. I can withdraw my consent at any time by unsubscribing.
Thank you! Please check your email for confirmation.