A plan to lease Los Angeles city parking garages to a private operator has communities such as Hollywood, where three of the garages are located, worried this would lead to high increases in parking costs for shoppers and loss of competitiveness to local businesses. Others say free and cheap parking is at the root of many an urban ill, causing congestion, sprawl, wasteful energy use, and air pollution. Are you ready to drop all those extra quarters in the till just to visit your favorite store or restaurant, or will you drive where you can park for free or next to nothing?
Donald Shoup, Professor of Urban Planning, UCLA
Leron Gubler, President and CEO of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce