Free Parking is Unfair and is not Free

Free parking for cars is clearly unfair, since non-motorist shoppers are not using the car parking, yet must pay higher prices for groceries — higher prices that the grocer charges in part to pay for the expensive parking. Motorists are therefore unfairly subsidized, and non-motorists are unfairly punished financially.

The City needs to enact policies that eliminate this pricing unfairness. Tactics include such things as unbundling the price of parking from housing, increasing the amount of parking cash-out for employees, eliminating minimum parking requirements for new development, reforming property taxes that financially penalize shop/property owners who replace parking with buildings, and requiring that a higher percentage of parking in Boulder be priced.

About Dom Nozzi

Urban designer, Complete Streets instructor, smart growth specialist, town planner, walkable streets and bikeable streets and trails specialist, writer, editor, public speaker, world adventurer, skier, kayaker, SCUBA diver, bicyclist, hiker, dancer, book reader, cook, urbanist.
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