I have been on a fixed income for a few years. That has meant that I could not
afford to go to anything downtown SLC. I needed to go to the Social Security
building. My wife kept driving around until I was done. She did the same for my
daughter near the LDS church offices today. I really needed to go to the Federal
building. I just could not go. The same with the Wells State Office Building. I
have had family late on paying one parking ticket and get billed with over $100!
Needless to say, we cannot patronize any downtown businesses. That is the same
for any person struggling financially. That's SLC's compassion!
What sense does it make to park on the street at the inconvenient and expensive
kiosks when climate controlled parking is available at City Creek where the
first hour is free, the second hour is one dollar, and on up for additional
time. You can even have your parking validated at City Creek businesses. Not
sure about the fees at other parking facilities in the downtown area, but
private parking beats the hassle of feeding the kiosk and the worry of parking
When the Salt Lake City official justified the parking-fee increases by saying
that Salt Lake was now a big city and they had to put their "big-boy
pants" on, I vowed never to give Salt Lake a dime for parking. When I go to
Salt Lake, I never park on the street; I always park in private parking lots.
And I don't think it's much more expensive.
The real question is why would anyone spend more money on gas to drive downtown
so they can spend more on parking? That's the conundrum! There are plenty
of services in the rest of the valley with free parking. My family avoids
downtown as much as possible.
When Ted Wilson was Mayor he used to say the purpose of the meters was to keep
traffic circulating not to be a cash cow for the City. That's changed.
The public, the downtown businesses and the City's financial plans are all
the worse for it.
by not buy. I think I am giving up typing for the day
It seems to me that to depend on revenue from people breaking the law to fund
government is not sound financial planning.
The obvious fix for this revenue shortfall is to raise parking fees again. Make
it so it costs a dollar per minute with a 60 minute minimum. Make sure the rules
are stickly enforced so if you stay even 1 minute longer than the meter says you
can, then you get a $100 ticket. That will surely solve the problem.
There can't be a downside to this. Right?After all, it would
just follow the model of our tax and spend federal government, except you
can't force people to own a car and park there like Obama has done with
sorry that should be bringing
so let me see if I follow the reasoning here, the city is meeting its projection
for revenue from actual meter fees but is bring in less money because they are
not generating as much money buy writing tickets or collecting as many court
fees because there are less people getting tickets but this is bad public
When I have to travel Downtown, I use TRAX. There are plenty of restaurants
outside of downtown Salt Lake that have adequate free parking. When a city
plans on making more from parking tickets than it does from parking fees,
something is wrong about that city.
Gee. The City increased rates, decreased time allowed, increased hours to pay,
bought an expensive, unreliable kiosk system & rabidly enforces violations.
And they're baffled that people don't want to come & park
Hey folks, instead of dining and shopping downtown and paying several dollars in
parking fees and risk a ticket for over staying your "welcome".
Consider using the parking money in gas to dine and shop outside the
"box" of downtown. We've done that and have not missed the