Comment 48072

By jonathan dalton (registered) | Posted September 22, 2010 at 11:14:54

I just don't see parking as a fundamental human right and don't believe either home or business owners should be entitled to the free street parking that the city provides. I understand if the residents of the neighbourhood object to the loss of some of their parking spaces because of a business, their councillor should get involved. However it shouldn't be what makes or breaks that business. Perhaps a good solution, and certainly within the councillor's influence, would be to implement permit parking in the vicinity for homeowners only. It wouldn't be free, but it would be very cheap (something like $60 / year) and would guarantee availability for permit holders.

Maybe I've missed part of the discussion but I don't see this as an issue of the people versus the Pearl Company. There are solutions to issues of parking and noise that can satisfy both parties. The problem is a prohibitively expensive and time consuming process to arrive at those relatively simple solutions, and a councillor who refuses to acknowledge it.

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