Councilman says charging more for downtown parking sends wrong message

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  • Liberal Ted Salt Lake City, UT
    June 13, 2012 9:03 a.m.

    Why go downtown and get milked out of your money when you can go to other malls and have a good enough experience?

    Sit in traffic, fight your way through one untimed signal after another idling the gas way, then pull up the meter and get milked again, step on the sidewalk and have 8 beggars tell you about their broken down car, their need for a bus ticket to get to Idaho, the broken alternator, or they just need presciptions filled etc. Then get to the store, pay a slightly higher price, come back to the car get hit up for money again from beggers, find a ticket on the windshield because you were a minute late, then go home and open your tax bill, and read how the homeless want you to pay for their free bus rides in the city.

    At least this councilman gets it.

  • Soul Salt Lake City, UT
    June 12, 2012 11:12 a.m.

    DO NOT change the current parking arrangements!! Suggestion: Rotate a 30 day FREE PARKING ZONE throughout the city to see how businesses are impacted.

  • SpaceCowboy69 Syracuse, UT
    June 12, 2012 9:15 a.m.

    Just another reason why I never go downtown. Why does SLC think it is the only place to shop? What is the thrill of going
    "downtown"? There are plenty of restaurants and shopping in other cities where parking is free with less hassle. I have probably not spent more than $30 in the last 5 years downtown because I avoid the city like the plague.

  • JimInSLC Salt Lake City, UT
    June 12, 2012 9:11 a.m.

    The article validates the thinking "It's not law enforcement, It's revenue generation that matters".

  • Shawnm750 West Jordan, UT
    June 12, 2012 8:58 a.m.

    I too think the enforcement needs to be cutoff at 6 pm, and I'd be fine to do away with the free parking during the holidays. I think between Frontrunner, Trax, and the parking garages there are plenty of ways to get around using street parking. My issue with many of the parking lots/garages is that they don't have an electronic pay system. Some have upgraded, but many still require you to shove bills or coins into a tiny slot.

  • Evets Eagle Mountain, UT
    June 12, 2012 8:55 a.m.

    As cost increase I go downtown SLC less and less. I grew up in a city on the West Coast that wanted to revitalize the downtown. They made it look nicer, almost like a park with lots of trees and flower beds and benches, and they made ALL parking free. It worked. It worked so well that the malls had a hard time.

    What the Mayor wants will only decrease commerce downtown. I am always amazed at how government can totally miss this point. If just shows how out of touch they are.

  • Downtime Saint George, UT
    June 12, 2012 8:48 a.m.

    The problem is that if the meter fees are not raised, the small business employees are those taking up all the free parking. Small businesses are hurting themselves by not policing their employees. You would be amazed how many spots open up as those employees leave. That notwithstanding, an insatiable government will find whatever means necessary to feed itself; trying all the while to convince us it is good for us that they are here. What would stop this is if we voted out every politician at every level after their first term, with no reelection at anytime permitted and kept the doors revolving. Let's start with this election!

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    June 12, 2012 8:03 a.m.

    The $1.6 million estimate is based on the current number of visitors to downtown. The fallacy is assuming they will continue to see the same number of visitors. I, for one, will stop shopping downtown if free metered parking after 6 is taken away. So the real amount of increased revenue is going to be less than the number the city is boasting.

    At the end of the day, this won't hurt me - I'll just go somewhere else to shop. The ones who will really be hurt are the small business owners downtown.

    Small business owners bearing the brunt of increased taxation so the government can fill their coffers....Salt Lake City, this is what happens when you vote Democrat!

  • SME Bountiful, UT
    June 12, 2012 6:28 a.m.

    Governments always claim that increases are not a revenue issue. Baloney, governments are insatiable, it is always a revenue issue.

    I think the councilman is correct about the perception of downtown Salt Lake City, parking is a hassle and its expensive. For a great many people, there is nothing in downtown that you want badly enough to deal with the hassles.

  • IdahoStranger NEWDALE, ID
    June 12, 2012 5:47 a.m.

    "But the proposed fee increases and added enforcement of metered parking during the evening would generate nearly $1.6 million in additional revenue in fiscal year 2013, city officials said."

    Charley is probably too late - city officials have glimpsed (and probably already spent) the new money.

    Its so easy and what can the public do about it anyway?