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Some Links For Your Thanksgiving

-The great UCLA professor Donald Shoup discusses the ills of free parking and why it will destroy society.

-Making their way across America by bike, Laura Crawford and Russ Roca are my heroes.

-The beauty of statistics presented in compelling narratives which shows the story of global public health progress over hundreds of years at Gapminder.

-Finally, a video having nothing to do with any of this: Alain de Botton, a Swiss novelist and philosopher, discussing what it means to be content and successful in an individualistic society. Now that I’m back in the northeast, I’m picking up the habit of asking people what they do for a living at the very beginning of conversations. I sorta hate that. Maybe I need more time back in small southern cities.


  • John S

    With regards to Donald Shoup, Baltimore’s zoning code is getting a total rewrite right now (http://rewritebaltimore.org). It currently mandates minimum off-street parking, and the new draft does as well.

    Although it won’t do anything about the on-street parking prices, we have the opportunity to eliminate parking minimums. So submit objections to the minimums and suggest they be eliminated!

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  • Mark

    I believe parking minimums are abolished for TOD areas and historic rehabs in the new code. Also, new surface parking lots are no longer permitted downtown, which is fair enough. We can’t expect Rome in a day, can we?

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    Pretty good sounds! I totally agree with u. I watch the
    video clips and parking minimums are abolished for TOD area. It currently
    mandates minimum off-street parking, and the new draft does as well.

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    Thanks for the links, though Thanksgiving is far away from now.

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    That is a nice discussion about the ills of free parking and why it will destroy society by Donald Shoup, thanks for sharing!

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    True that Mark, we can’t expect Rome in a day..

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    I definitely agree on your point. Free parking could increase criminal case in car napping and related cases that can destroy society. Nice 

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    The ill effects of free parking must be minimized and minimizing  will need people to cooperate. Thank you for this thoughtful post.

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    In every place there is free parking, it would be hard to implement paid parking everywhere.

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    Be contented and successful in an individualistic society, it’s very pleasing to the hears but not easy to achieve. It takes a lot of time and effort.

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