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September 05, 2013


The garages bring in under $1mil. The $1.4mil. figure is creative book keeping. Carole is doing exactly what she accuses the city of.

Parking utilization has increased steadily since 2005, 2 hour time limits have not increased availability, and meters are needed now.

The city did not limit their surveys to 6 blocks. Rick Williams, the same consultant Carole hired, identified the 789 spaces downtown where utilization is over 92%. Carole cherry picks his work to craft her talking points then refuses to accept his recommendations.

Parking is not a public good. It is a private benefit with immense social costs. While progressive cities are taxing parking spaces to make their cities more walkable, bikeable, and transit oriented-- Salem remains hopelessly and pathetically stuck in the Eisenhower era of transportation apartheid.

The reason that Salem such a pathetic backwater in an otherwise progressive state is because people have fought so hard to make it that way.

In many ways the parking lobby is a greater threat to the current and future quality of life in Salem than the Chamber. While both are two heads of the asphalt lobby--the Chamber is more honest about who they are amd what they want. The danger of the parking lobby is that in their bass ackwards world--they really think that they are a force for a more sustainable city.

So indeed, lets be honest about the fact that subsidizing car trips at the expense of sustainable transportation:


And about those "hidden fees on your sewer bill"--that's a stormwater charge and its another example of a policy of sustainability. Its a policy that Salem was among the last to adopt but instead of celebrating what few sustainable policies we have--but Carole shits on it to score cheap political points.

Curt, your insults are getting tiresome. I've left your comment unedited so other people can see how disrespectful you are toward a grass-roots citizen initiative campaign which was the exact opposite of "cheap political points."

Over six thousand petition signers have spoken. Let's listen to them, rather than dismissing their concerns about downtown parking meters because you are the Big Expert on this issue, and they are just regular people who visit downtown, who work downtown, who care about the vitality of downtown.

You and other parking meter proponents will have a chance to argue for meters should the City Council decide to put this initiative on the May ballot, rather than approving it immediately. Good luck. You'll need it. Want to bet whether voters will go with Carole Smith's viewpoint or yours?

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