Yep, we have a nominee for the City by the Bay Award — the City of Kalamazoo, Michigan. Home of the first outdoor mall in the US (1959) and famous for growing celery – I guess. Did you know that the name Kalamazoo means "Bubbling water" or "Reflecting off the water" — Neither did I….
OK here’s the deal — The city has decreed that free parking on street should be good for only 90 minutes, and then you must move your car 500 feet or get a ticket. HUH — According to the article (read it here and be prepared to laugh) they have a great formula for figuring out what 500 feet means, and no way to enforce it. They probably don’t know that there are GPS systems that can, in fact, enforce this new rule, but that’s another story.
Even more interesting is their method of charging for parking -0- on street parking is free, or in some places being lowered to nearly free, and off street parking is paid, but they are lowering that price, too.
So, let’s see — if you park on street you pay nothing, unless you stay over 90 minutes. If you park off street you pay very little. huh.
Oh and check out the complicated rules — its worth reading the article, I’m not going to repeat them here. I will say, however, that I love the one that says that if you haven’t had a parking ticket in the last year, you can have your ticket voided, if you ask. If you don’t ask, you pay.
Dontcha just love it.
Kalamazoo needs a Shoupista Chapter, and they need it today.