Olympia Washington Solves Parking Problem


Olympia Washington Solves Parking Problem

Carrot and stick approach seems to be working in Olympia Washington. The capital of the most northwest of the lower 48 had a parking problem. The neighborhoods around the capital were deluged with cars when the legislature was in session. The solution. Enforce the existing laws, increase the fines, and institute a shuttle to make it more convenient for folks to park in nearby lots provided for capitol workers.

It worked.  As far as the local neighbors are concerned, the problem has gone away.

Its an example where residents and government can work together to solve a parking problem.  Read all about it here.

One comment — the writer of the article starts his piece with a story about how the legislature almost changed the location of the state capitol over the problem, and ends it with a comment that it was certainly good that the legislature didn’t have to threaten to move.  A wee bit of inconsistency here?


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