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Re: Will Queens Bus Redesign really speed things up?

Posted by JerBear on Tue May 14 07:00:02 2019, in response to Re: Will Queens Bus Redesign really speed things up?, posted by AlM on Mon May 13 20:37:49 2019.

That's the joke, and why "free" is juxtaposed with cost. In actuality, no parking is free. It gets paid for in higher rents and higher prices for consumer goods and services.
But Shoup's point is not that parking must be priced but that it must be priced to intentionally affect behavior of the people, instead of accidently and clumsily affecting behavior while pretending to be laissez-faire and libertarian about parking. In reality there is not a free market and parking is highly controlled, but in a haphazard manner. He wants cities to get intentional and monitor and adjust to ensure open spaces on each block by manipulating the price. Not manipulating the price to get a windfall (in fact he wants all revenue pumped immediately back into the neighborhood from whence it sprung), but to affect the behavior of drivers and parkers. Same as congestion pricing: getting money from it is secondary to the desire to change the behavior of massive amounts of people.
There just don't seem to be many scalable methods for adjusting behavior. We seem to assume they are all either policy decisions by government, or disruptive start-ups like Tesla and Uber. Is that true? I don't know. But I haven't heard any other valid methods for mass behavior adjustment.

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