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I agree we could use some creative thinking around parking, but I'm not sure raising the fees for residential parking accomplishes much. Using Cleveland Park as an example, if most neighborhood residents have off-street parking and choose to park on the street anyway, that indicates the situation is not that dire. If you raise the cost of parking close to the metro you are likely to just drive people further into the residential portion of the neighborhood to park, creating parking problems where there weren't any before. In an affluent neighborhood, how much would you have to raise parking permit prices to change behavior? My suspicion is by an amount that would completely alienate the rest of the city before you fixed Cleveland Park's parking woes.

Why do we need to pad the city's coffers to solve the parking problem? A quick Google check shows the city ended 2011 with a $240 million surplus. The city is swimming in new revenue - brought about by a rapid increase in city population, the tripling in home prices since 2000 and accompanying increase in property tax revenues, all those new condos, and let's not forget parking ticket revenue ($96 million) and speed cameras ($12 million).

I've seen suggestions to raise parking rates to reduce demand, but to me these suggestions make far more sense downtown - where driving is optional and transit alternatives abound - than in residential neighborhoods.

Where people live, if you raise residential parking fees, you immediately divide people into those who can afford the change or not, and where you either could afford a home with off street parking or not. I don't see the benefit or fairness in a solution that creates ample parking by causing those who can't afford the fees to give up cars, so more well-off people can park more easily.

by SLM on Dec 10, 2012 9:15 pm • linkreport

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