The Tony Carytown section of Richmond has parking issues. The contractor hired to enforce parking for the city is, horrors, doing just that. They are ticketing cars who are in a space more than two hours. Of course all heck is breaking loose particularly from local merchants. They business is going down the tubes, all because their customers are getting ticketed.
But are they — or is it the merchants themselves that are getting ticketed? You know the story, most free spaces around a merchant’s store are taken up by their employees. Oh and the sidebar — there are two large, empty, free garages within a couple of blocks walking distance.
My solution — do a survey and find out just who is parking on street in the area and the publicize the results. Start charging for parking — make it a small amount for the first couple of hours and have it increase after that. Use the money generated for new curbs, sidewalks, streets, lighting, parks and the like in the area.
Here’s what will happen — the employees will park in the free lots, there will be plenty of parking for customers, no one will complain, and all will be right with the world.
The odds of this happening, astronomical against.