Journal of Contemporary Urbanology

REFLECTING ON CONCEPTUAL ISSUES IN AUTOMOBILE PARKING

Vesta UDOO and Timothy T. GYUSE (Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Benue State University, Makurdi, Nigeria).

Abstract

This paper x-rays conceptual issues in automobile parking demand, supply and management as one of the contemporary challenges of transportation and land use development in developing economies. Parking planning is undergoing a paradigm shift from the old paradigm which assumes that parking should be abundant andfree at most destinations. It strives to maximize supply and minimize price, it believes that parking lots should almost never be full; and that parking facility cost should be incorporated into the cost of buildings or subsidized by government, and above all that every destination should satisfy its own parking needs. The new paradigm strives to provide optimal parking supply and price and considers too much supply as harmful as too little. It considers that prices too low are as harmful as those that are too high and it believes in the effective use of parkingfacilities. It considers full lots to be acceptable, provided that additional parking is available nearby. It emphases the sharing ofparkingfacilities and favours charging parkingfacility cost directly to users, and providingfinancial rewards to people who reduce their parking demand. It is hoped that the new paradigm shift will improve parking situations and enhanced positive relationship between transportation and land use development especially in developing economies where the quandary of transportation and land use development are common.

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