Is giving away free curb parking to some – & nothing to ppl who cannot afford (or choose not to own) a car – fair?

@IDoTheThinking recently pointed out that indeed it is unfair & detrimental to offer free parking - but paid public transit - on Sundays.

This is a🧵about parking
The great @DonaldShoup tells us: “if cities charge the right price for curb parking - the lowest price that will produce 1 or 2 open parking spaces on each block - all drivers will have great parking karma & no one will need to circle for parking.” More:
With a Parking Benefit District, we can manage curb parking as valuable real estate & STOP SUBSIDIZING cars, congestion & pollution.

It’s a simple concept: charge for curb parking & reinvest net revenue in public services like cleaning sidewalks, planting street trees & more.
We have to ask: Is free parking more important than providing better public services for everyone?

Thank you to #berkmtg Council for unanimously approving my two items on 1/18 to explore Parking Benefit Districts for the Gilman & Lorin Commerical Districts...
and at the Marina. Just look at all the free curb parking on a recent weekend & think of the infrastructure improvements we could make with a Waterfront Parking Benefit District. ImageImage

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