Monday, March 9, 2015

Re: [pjpbac-public forum listserv] The High Cost of Free Parking

That's cool. Although unlike Los Angeles, Princeton isn't a city. It's either a college town, an edge city,
a bedroom community, an urban oasis, a magnet, or a gedanken experiment - depending on who you ask.

I've started wondering what it would take to bury the utility wires and get rid of all the wooden poles,
as most cities, including LA, have long mandated. Esp in light of recent hurricanes and downed trees.

Turns out this option is usually prohibitively expensive.

Related note, of particular interest to dogs:  whitepaper about recent innovations in fire hydrants.

On Monday, March 9, 2015 12:55 PM, Jerry Foster <> wrote:

Just thought people would enjoy this quote from the nation's pre-eminent authority on parking, economist and (now retired) former dean of UCLA's Urban Planning Dept, Donald Shoup:
"I truly believe that when men and women think about parking, their mental capacity reverts to the reptilian cortex of the brain," he says. "How to get food, ritual display, territorial dominance—all these things are part of parking, and we've assigned it to the most primitive part of the brain that makes snap fight-or-flight decisions. Our mental capacities just bottom out when we talk about parking."
From an excellent interview in the Los Angeles Times:

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