Commentary

They Paved Paradise and put up a…University

A headline news article on Yahoo! this morning points out that there are more parking spaces in Tippecanoe County, Indiana than there are residents. The horrors of suburban sprawl. However, I have a feeling these results are pretty misleading because Purdue University is located there. This means that the number of “residents” of the county is probably underreported because of the transient student population. Also, Purdue probably gets lots of people coming in from around the state for sports events and they need, you guessed it, parking. Take a look for yourself.

Ben Dachis is a policy analyst at Reason Foundation, a nonprofit think tank advancing free minds and free markets. His research involves aviation, airport, urban land use and transportation economics and privatization.