‘Gimme Shelter’: How parking lots explain California’s housing crisis

The cost of building low-income housing in California is the highest in the country, with some multi-family homes totaling more than $1 million per unit to be built.

One of the reasons? It is expensive to provide space for parking spaces and to build underground car parks. In this episode of Gimme Shelter: The California Housing Crisis Podcast, we talk about an upcoming state law, Assembly Bill 2097, that will remove minimum parking requirements for new homes near public transportation. The hope, supporters of the law say, is that the policy will drive more development at lower cost while helping California meet its climate change goals.

Our guest is Donald Shoup, Professor of Urban Planning at UCLA and author of The High Cost of Free Parking. Shoup is considered the pre-eminent parking scholar in the United States, and his work laid the groundwork for the new law.

“Gimme Shelter,” a bi-weekly podcast exploring why living in California is so expensive and what the state can do about it, features Liam Dillon, reporting on housing affordability issues for the Los Angeles Times, and Manuela Tobías, Reporter for Housing CalMatters.

You can subscribe to Gimme Shelter on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Soundcloud and Google Podcasts.

https://www.latimes.com/homeless-housing/story/2022-10-07/gimme-shelter-how-parking-lots-explain-californias-housing-crisis ‘Gimme Shelter’: How parking lots explain California’s housing crisis

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