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    PLEASE JOIN US! The High Cost of Free Parking Doug Kolozsvari Wednesday, April 6, 2005 6:00pm The Little Fox Theatre, Downtown Redwood City $10.00 fee payable
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      The High Cost of Free Parking

      Doug Kolozsvari

      Wednesday, April 6, 2005


      The Little Fox Theatre, Downtown Redwood City

      $10.00 fee payable at door



      Parking expert Doug Kolozsvari will be speaking at �The Forum at Redwood City: A Continuing Conversation on City Design� on WEDNESDAY, April 6, 2005, from 6:00 - 7:45pm!  Come hear the latest thinking and cutting-edge research in parking policy at a presentation on �The High Cost of Free Parking.�


      The time has come to take a holistic approach to parking policy that treats parking as a resource. This talk will examine how �free parking� almost always has an associated cost and can actually hurt businesses, the local transportation system and the environment. 


      In addition to examining the unintended consequences of free parking, Mr. Kolozsvari will discuss the opportunities to overcome political obstacles and leverage existing parking supplies through innovative parking policies.  In particular, charging for on-street parking and using the resulting revenue to improve the commercial district where the revenue was generated can attract more paying customers.  Pricing on-street parking makes the most convenient spots for customers accessible and shifts longer-term parking needs to off-street parking locations.  Mr. Kolozsvari will also discuss how new parking technologies can aid this effort and improve the aesthetics of charging for parking.

      This talk coincides with the release of a new book from the American Planning Association (APA) by the same title, written by Donald Shoup, Doug�s former professor. According to Michael Dukakis, Former Governor of Massachusetts, �This book should be required reading for anyone who cares about this nation�s cities.� (A copy of the cover from the new book is attached.) On April 6th, Doug will be sharing ideas from the book and initiating an important discussion about parking policies in our own towns and how we can begin to undo the damage caused by the misguided parking policies of the past.

      About Doug Kolozsvari

      Doug Kolozsvari is an Environmental Planner for the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD).  Prior to joining the BAAQMD in February 2005, Doug was an Associate Planner at the San Mateo County Transit District, where he worked on community-based planning initiatives and the District�s strategic plans and the Short-Range Transit Plans. He has also worked at the municipal level when he worked for the City of Palo Alto as a Safe Routes to School project coordinator.

      Doug holds a Master of Arts degree from the University of California at Los Angeles in Urban Planning with a specialization in transportation policy.  He was a graduate student researcher for Professor Donald Shoup, one of the leading researchers on parking policies.  Doug�s thesis, �Parking: The Way to Revitalization� was used in the development of an article he co-authored with Professor Shoup: �Turning Small Change into Big Changes� (Access, Fall 2003).

      We invite you to join the region�s top planners, architects, designers and community leaders as they gather in Redwood City on April 6th for an exciting evening of engaging presentation and lively dialogue.

      About the Forum

      The Forum at Redwood City is jointly produced by Communities By Design (CBD), a local nonprofit, and the City of Redwood City, with assistance from MIG. The fee for the Forum is $10 (payable at the door, checks or cash). The Forum will be held at the Little Fox Theatre, located at 2209 Broadway in Redwood City (Click here for parking information). Doors open at 5:30pm. (Please note that due to State regulations, attendance at the Little Fox Theatre is limited to persons over 21.) The presentation and discussion will be followed by an optional, no-host dinner with the speaker at a nearby restaurant in downtown Redwood City.

      For summaries of past Forums, visit http://www.redwoodcity.org/misc/morehottopics/forum.html

      If you need any additional information, please contact Dan Zack at the City of Redwood City at (650) 780-7363 or dzack@....

      PLEASE HELP US GET THE WORD OUT! Please share this information with your colleagues who might be interested in attending. 

      The Forum at Redwood City: A Continuing Conversation on City Design continues the FIRST WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH, now through May 2005. We hope to see you on April 6th!


      Dan Zack, AICP

      Downtown Development Coordinator

      City of Redwood City, Redevelopment Division

      1017 Middlefield Road

      Redwood City, CA 94063

      (650) 780-7363




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