OTR parking veto: Fair to everyone or a blow to affordability?

cincinnati – excerpt

Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley overruled the will of Council Wednesday, vetoing a plan that would set up a $108-per-year residential parking plan in Over-the-Rhine. The Enquirer/Kareem Elgazzar

CINCINNATI (AP) — The rarely used Cincinnati mayoral veto has blocked a council-approved parking plan for residents of a trendy urban neighborhood.

Mayor John Cranley on Wednesday exercised the first veto since he became mayor more than a year ago, and the first by a Cincinnati mayor since 2011. His veto axed a plan to set up a $108-a-year street parking plan for residents of Over-the-Rhine, a neighborhood near downtown that’s being revitalized.

Cranley said his veto is a matter of basic fairness.

“Cincinnati taxpayers from all neighborhoods paid for the public streets in OTR and therefore, all Cincinnatians deserve an opportunity to park on the streets they paid to build and maintain,” Cranley said… (more)

Replacing parking with dense housing does not solve the affordable housing problem. When we had less dense housing and more parking we had more affordable housing and a lot less traffic than we do now. At some point the voters will figure out that they were duped.

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