Planning for parking

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  • Warren Zeigler NORTH SALT LAKE, UT
    March 24, 2014 10:16 p.m.

    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!

  • MTerry SANDY, UT
    Feb. 28, 2014 11:47 p.m.

    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 citations.

  • Letterwriter Bountiful, Utah
    Feb. 28, 2014 3:33 p.m.

    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.

  • Daniel L. Murray, UT
    Feb. 28, 2014 12:01 p.m.

    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.

  • dalefarr South Jordan, Utah
    Feb. 28, 2014 11:40 a.m.

    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.

  • intervention slc, UT
    Feb. 28, 2014 10:11 a.m.

    by not buy. I think I am giving up typing for the day

  • Lightbearer Brigham City, UT
    Feb. 28, 2014 9:24 a.m.

    It seems to me that to depend on revenue from people breaking the law to fund government is not sound financial planning.

  • JoeCapitalist2 Orem, UT
    Feb. 28, 2014 9:07 a.m.

    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 health insurance.

  • intervention slc, UT
    Feb. 28, 2014 8:57 a.m.

    sorry that should be bringing

  • intervention slc, UT
    Feb. 28, 2014 8:41 a.m.

    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 relations?

  • Mike Richards South Jordan, Utah
    Feb. 28, 2014 7:59 a.m.

    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.

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    Feb. 28, 2014 7:25 a.m.

    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 downtown?

  • Strider303 Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 28, 2014 7:08 a.m.

    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 panhandlers either.