Lets see, Google wants to open an office in Ann Arbor Michigan and will employ 1000 people. To get the deal, the owner of the office building had to offer Google 400 free parking spaces. So far so good. Happens all the time. However since the office building doesn’t have any parking the owner cut a deal with the city to provide the parking to Google, for free.
Lets see — Google is the hottest company in the country now with billions in the bank. Everyone wants them on their doorstep. OK. However the city really doesn’t have the spaces available for "free." They really need 600 grand to pay for them. There are other issues concerning overloading the downtown parking structures but lets just forget that for the moment. After all, we want Google to move in.
So, why doesn’t the landlord just pay for the parking spaces out of the lease? If he built a building without parking and was relying on nearby city parking, then he should pay the freight.
OH, the city wants those 1000 jobs and will do almost anything to get them.
See, there is no such thing as FREE parking