Comment 88688

By Pxtl (registered) - website | Posted May 13, 2013 at 12:46:29

I like that this included a second point on parking - not simply converting lots into pedestrian areas, but also improving the pricing structure of the remaining lots.

That's something that's always been a pet peeve about this city... we have ample parking, but it's priced to be convenient for commuters, not for customers. People will quickly hit the maximum daily rate for a shopping trip, and if they choose to drive to their next destination Downtown the new lot starts counting again. Some lots use baroque pricing structures that make their "maximum daily rate" a farce if you park into the evening (like going out for dinner). But for a commuter working 9-5, all these lots are cheap and convenient. The only parking that reflects a consumer-oriented pricing structure (low-limit, low per-hour rates, low minimum) is the parking meters... and those are "free" on weekends which makes them utterly unusable. Even during the week, available meter parking can be tricky to find (I recently had to visit the city offices at the Lister Block and had to do a couple of laps trying to find an available meter).

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