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Paying a fair price for parking

From: domainremoved <Tom>
Date: Tue, 6 Oct 2015 15:18:53 -0700

Dear Mayor and Council Members,

I’m in favor of using a price on downtown parking to help allocate this precious resource and to encourage those who can use alternatives, to use the alternatives thus freeing up parking for those who think they need it.
It is only after putting a cost recovery price on parking, that we will be able to determine if there is a need for additional expensive parking such as parking structures, or valet lots.

Also as they seem to be learning in Palo Alto, without a price on parking (e.g. parking permits) office buildings lead to the saturation of what had been shoppers’ parking and pressure on merchants.
A considerable amount of peak congestion may be folks hunting for free parking.
Please put the fair cost recovery price on downtown parking and let market forces encourage alternatives to driving and parking.
As several jurisdictions acting at approximately the same time, they do not lose merchant’s competitive advantage to one another.

Now is the time to act on using a fair price to allocate this precious public resource.

Thank you for your consideration.

Tom Kabat
424 Pope St
Menlo Park
Received on Tue Oct 06 2015 - 15:20:02 PDT

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