My screed below about charging for parking in front of my house brought this succinct, well written summary:
Why do so many think that parking is some sort of God given right? In
order to drive you have to pay fees for licenses, insurance, tags,
fuel, disposal of fluids and parts, tolls on bridges and roads, etc,
etc. Last time I checked driving was a privilege, not a "right".
Parking is nothing more than one more facet of driving wherein public
property (the on street parking space) is set aside for the exclusive
use of a certain few who have paid for the privilege of driving.