As Aaron Naparstek has mentioned over on his website, Professor Donald C. Shoup of UCLA is the man of the hour among urban planners these days because his recent book, The High Cost of Free Parking, sheds light on a ubiquitous but little studied field: how the mandator provision of parking spaces, and the fact that they're almost always free to the driver who uses them, distorts our built environment (outside of New York City, where parking is hardly ever free).

Starts & Fits will be bringing you additional coverage on Shoup on Thursday: a book review by guest poster Gary Roth, who wrote his 2004 master's thesis on parking pricing, and a link to an article by another former classmate of mine from Columbia's urban planning program. In the meantime, here is information about two upcoming events where Shoup will be speaking.

First, on December 15, Prof. Shoup will address the New York Metropolitan Transportation Council's Program, Finance and Administration Committee on the subject of "Pricing Parking in Business Districts." Location: 199 Water Street (between Fulton and John Streets in the Financial District), 22nd Floor. Time: 1:15 p.m. To register, contact Andrea Miles-Cole at (718) 482-4551. For more information on this one, click on the NYMTC's website, then click on "News & Announcements," then scroll down until you find "PFAC Meets on December 15th." (Sorry, no direct link to this.)

Second, on December 16, Shoup will visit the Rudin Center for Transportation Policy & Management. to discuss "how New York City and surrounding communities can cope with complex parking issues." Location: The NYU Kimmel Center, 60 Washington Square South, Eisner & Lubin Auditorium, 4th Floor. Time: 10 a.m. to noon. To attend, you have to register. For more information on this one, see a slow-loading PDF brochure from the Rudin Center.

- Seven Solutions to the Atlantic Yards Traffic Problem [Naparstek.com]
- The High Cost of Free Parking [APA Store]
- The High Cost of Free Parking (PDF!) [Rudin Center Brochure]
- Rudin Center
- New York Metropolitan Transportation Council