The Real Cost Of Free Parking

freeparkingThis article from the Washington Post is yet another that explains how there is no such thing as “free parking”. In downtown Brockville, the complimentary parking is paid for by DBIA members who then recover the cost as part of their overhead expenses, that is, in prices charged for goods and services.  At big box stores, free parking has a cost that’s recovered from prices of groceries, hardware, clothing and so on.  This is yet another way that automobile-centricity in urban design and execution introduces social inequities. The solution?  Decouple the cost and charge for parking everywhere. Read more here.

Author: Alan Medcalf

Alan is a post-corporate, volunteer, community builder living in Brockville, Ontario. He seeks to create sustainable lifestyle advantage for the community by creating opportunities for more people to choose to walk and to ride bikes. He promotes the health, social, environmental and economic benefits of active mobility.