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  •  street parking has gone up exponentially since (12+ / 0-)

    the city sold the meters to a private company.  Used to be fifty cents an hour, now it's fifty cents for ten minutes.

    I belong to the Honey Badger Wing of the Democratic Party. We're mad as hell and we're not going to take it anymore. Have you seen our videos?

    by Cassandra77 on Sun Dec 09, 2012 at 08:29:03 AM PST

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    •  That must do wonders for local business (9+ / 0-)

      Good way to hollow out a city, IMO.

      "When I was an alien, cultures weren't opinions" ~ Kurt Cobain, Territorial Pissings

      by Subterranean on Sun Dec 09, 2012 at 10:11:44 AM PST

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      •  It's hollowed out this country mouse for sure (1+ / 0-)
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        There are some restaurants on the east side where there is ONLY metered parking.  I don't go to them.

        It's difficult to be happy knowing so many suffer. We must unite.

        by War on Error on Sun Dec 09, 2012 at 02:41:33 PM PST

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        •  There's a flipside (1+ / 0-)
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          There are some restaurants on the east side where there is ONLY metered parking.  I don't go to them.

          There would probably be just as many or more people that wouldn't go to those restaurants because they end up driving around looking for parking if the rates were kept too low.   Parking rates should be high enough in business areas so that people don't just park their cars and leave them there all day.  Ideally, you'd want there to always be a space or two open reasonably close to most places so that people can park and get what they need without driving around the area for 20 minutes.

    •  Street parking should cost more in general (0+ / 0-)
      the city sold the meters to a private company.  Used to be fifty cents an hour, now it's fifty cents for ten minutes.

      That's not the problem.  Most street parking prices are underpriced and should be more in order to keep up with administration and general inflation.  The problem is that city councils tend to be too afraid to raise parking prices and/or privatize the parking to a company that raises the prices to more reasonable levels and keeps the extra money.

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