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But the cost of storing the car has never been a consideration in that decision. Why would it, when we can store the car on public land for practically nothing?

More accurate pricing for residential parking would encourage individuals to find alternatives to owning a car; it would encourage families to own only as many cars as they need; and it would encourage people who have off-street parking to use it.

Hm, are you suggesting DC charge the something close to market off-street parking price? My guess is that is around $2000/year, more or less depending on the neighborhood.

Clearly to charge that much would have an impact on car ownership. But anything significantly less won't work, because the cost of car ownership, even for a beater, is around $250/month. People pay that much do it because they need the car. So to have any impact, parking costs must be comparable to that, say at least $1000/year.

That takes serious commitment on the part of city leaders to propose such huge jump in the fee. I don't see this happening.

by goldfish on Dec 10, 2012 10:57 am • linkreport

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