Sunday, January 7, 2007

Is Anyone Surprised?

From NY Times: San Franciscans Hurl Their Rage at Parking Patrol

"Professor Shoup said the chronic lack of parking here was a result of a decision to encourage a bustling downtown free of atmosphere-killing parking lots, a phenomenon echoed in other parking-challenged — and popular — cities like Boston, Chicago and New York.

'Whenever someone from San Francisco calls to whine about the fact there’s no parking,' he said, 'I always say, "Well, you have to choose, do you want to be more like San Francisco or more like L.A.?" And that usually ends the conversation.'"

The interesting part of the article is not that the levels of rage and frustration are increasing or even that people take their anger out on meter maids making $40,000/year. What gets me is that folks want cheap parking, plenty of spots, no construction, and no sprawling parking garages. The best solution is probably to charge more for street parking and build garages with the money. The plan wouldn't work because residents would complain. And we are back to square one.

That being said, San Francisco streets are pretty bad. While driving there once, my Kenyan friend said the streets in Nairobi are better paved and have more parking.

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