Tuesday, December 16, 2008

More on paid parking

An interested party sent me the link to this video, which was on YouTube, about parking:

video

Think about this: how many times are you willing to drive down State or Pleasant St. - or the Green St. lot - before you give up and park on the river (which is also free, for all you non-residents).

With the state projecting a shortfall in 2009 for cities and towns, our city needs to boost its stream of revenue.

Free parking. I love it, but we've gotta leave it behind.

3 comments:

Ari Herzog said...

Yes, the city needs to boost its revenue. Parking is not the solution. The solution is to decrease its expenses.

Stay tuned. I'm working on something...

Sarah Swart said...

Really? Is the price of =anything= going down? I'm a big fan of responsible fiscal management. But cutting costs when nothing is as cheap as it used to be seems either unrealistic or harsh. Aren't your city services worth putting a quarter into a meter, or even paying $3-$5 for parking for an afternoon?

Gillian Swart said...

Add into that the fact that we don't (yet) have a trash collection fee (and the city went way out of its way to avoid one), I think we're doing pretty well.

Maintaining the free parking is kind of delusional, if not fiscally irresponsible.

But Ari, I look forward to reading whatever it is you're working on.