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How Parking Explains the World. Seriously.

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Jim Hill
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Here’s a way in to understanding what author Henry Grabar wants to tell you about parking: it’s one of the reasons we’ve got a housing crisis in America.

If you’re a developer and you’re trying to build new apartments, you have to make a certain amount of parking spaces, too — maybe even more spaces than the building needs. Sometimes, developers just back out completely, and the apartments never go up. Less housing, higher prices. And that’s just one of many ways that Grabar says parking has shaped the world for the worse. He writes that a “parking space is nothing less than the link between driving and life itself.” Henry Grabar joins us Friday at noon to say why.


Henry Grabar | Staff writer at Slate. His book is called “Paved Paradise: How Parking Explains the World” [Amazon|Bookshop].

Airdate: Friday, September 15, 2023 at 12 p.m. and Saturday, September 16, 2023 at 11 a.m.