Do we really want to punish our customers for shopping downtown?
To raise the price of the parking meters up to $4.00/hr will force patrons to shop outside of the city of Seattle!!! Huh? Can someone explain to me why the city wants to penalize the small business owner (which by the way, employs over 75% of the work force) and the customer for shopping in the downtown area? Do we not have enough vacant leases already? Why should I renew our lease in our two downtown locations if you make it so costly for the business owner and the customer? This is not budgeting, this is penalizing. Isn't this a time where we are looking for economic recovery? Can anyone answer any of these questions? Why don't we look to going after people and independent businesses who only take cash and don't pay their taxes!
Seattle's mayor needs to be charged with "reckless endangerment" for the short term he has been mayor! Instead of raising Seattle's parking rate, which just had a price hike, why doesn't the city of Seattle make it fair to all neighborhoods by installing parking meters in ALL NEIGHBORHOODS! Better yet, why don't we collectively as a state work with this financial shortfall and install parking meters in Bellevue and Kirkland? Take the burden off Seattle's downtown if you want to keep it alive!
This is from NewYork.gov:
Street Parking Meter Rates
"Street parking meter rates in single spaces vary by street location throughout New York City. Street parking rates are posted on each parking meter, while the legal amount of time someone can park for is posted in the top left hand corner of the green meter signs. There are approximately 47,000 single-space meters throughout the five boroughs of New York City. The meter rate was recently increased to 25 cents for 20 minutes of parking, and 75 cents for one hour."
"Effective March 21, 2010, drivers will get a 5-minute grace period past the expired time on Muni-Meter receipts, Alternate Side Parking signs, and any other parking spaces with specific times listed (e.g. 8:30am - 9:30am). During this 5-minute grace period, parking tickets cannot be issued."
While New York in not a car friendly city, parking rates have absolutely no bearing on parking rates. What gets people out of their cars is a thriving community where people find citites hospitable.
This A quote from an article from the Associated Press titled "Cities Rethinking 50's Era Parking Standards" 2008:
Advocate: Create incentives not to drive
"Ken Jarboe, a neighborhood leader from Capitol Hill, said the way to reduce traffic is to continue improving the transit system and to create incentives for people not to drive."
"Simply saying, 'Let's make it more painful to park' — it doesn't get you where you want to be," Jarboe said.
Attempts to make Seattle an unfriendly place to visit will have a back lash effect that ultimately take more revenue from the city coffer!!!