by Aaron Bialick : sf.streetsblog – excerpt
Now that the votes are in, it’s time to present the 2013 San Francisco Streetsie Awards, Streetsblog’s recognition of the year’s best and worst in livable streets…
Worst Political Trend: Bad Parking Policy Disguised as Populism
Parking garages in, parking meters out. That’s the position espoused lately by Supervisors Mark Farrell, Malia Cohen, and David Campos, who’ve been fighting parking meters and trying to force developers to trade apartments for car storage, under the pretense that this will make the city more affordable and livable. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth.
More parking in buildings, which Campos and Cohen have pushed for in recent projects, means higher rents, more car ownership, and traffic. Blocking meters, a fight taken up by Farrell and Cohen, prevents the SFMTA from setting prices in response to demand — the very purpose of the nationally-lauded and successful SFpark program, aimed at reducing needless traffic circling for parking. Unfortunately, this contingent recently persuaded the entire Board of Supervisors to hamstring the SFMTA’s ability to install new parking meters in a five-year contract. Pandering to poorly-informed parking warriors isn’t a populist cause, it’s a short-sighted political gambit that is hurting SF… (more)
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