reply to post by greencmp
We may not be able to end the fed just yet but as a baby step, we could eliminate all meter maids and meters!
So, what say you?
It's a great idea. Businesses will probably universally support the idea that their customers will be able to park and shop without fear of a ticket,
providing that the workers at those businesses don't just take the spots in front of a neighboring business and stay there all day. (I can think of at
least one fix for that, and I'm sure there are others.)
So, there are two components. One is parking meter elimination. The other is meter maid elimination.
Parking meter elimination should be done tomorrow. "Dear citizens, it's going to take us a couple weeks to yank out all the meters, but in the
meanwhile you should just ignore them. Feel free to help us out if you want to get in some cardio with a 5-pound hammer."
Meter maid elimination: Privatization of parking enforcement is so insane that I won't even bother attacking it. But minimal — minimal — parking
enforcement is an unfortunate necessity to keep inner cities from becoming impassable. I'd say about 94% of parking tickets are just a use-tax and
should be eliminated, so figure you get rid of about 80% of parking enforcement (since the enforcers will spend more time locating a genuine
infraction that's stopping traffic, and more time covering ground than they currently do).
Parking enforcement should be handled by police, because they aren't interested in writing parking tickets, so that will be a limiter. As should trash
removal, but that's another thread. (Oh the joy I would take in watching that happen.) It should also be made explicitly illegal, felonious,
imprisonable, for their supervisors to give them quotas or suggest quotas or come within five miles of acting like there is an implied quota.
But sadly, as I think about it, you'd need to enforce 2-hour parking in retail areas, otherwise businesses would be (rightly) upset about the fact
that there is no parking available within 8 blocks of their business. You need parking spot turnover. You need to force that.
As you wade into this, which I heartily support, I'd recommend you talk to some civil engineers who deal with traffic and planning, and also get
yourself to your local chamber of commerce meeting, and see if you can start a conversation with some business owners to see what they would do.
They've probably been thinking about it longer than we have. Good luck.
edit on 12-9-2013 by michael22 because: extending support for an
ancillary point, not substantively changing an argument.