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prices – based on having one space in 15 or 20 always available – then most cruising, and parking issues, would go away. If people can’t afford to park, then they will take alternative means to get to the town center. If the town cen- ter isn’t interesting enough to attract them, then it’s the center’s fault, not that of not enough free parking. As for cheap shots – human nature


must be significantly different in the UK from the rest of the world. Patron- age is the life blood of politics, and if you folks in the“mother country” have figured out a way to keep politicians out of the public trough, you should bottle it and export it. No one else on the planet has. Oh, I just reread your piece and


noted your comment on market pricing not working, Can’t work,Won’tWork. Can’t change prices by the day, hour, ormonth. Peter, in theU.S. (and proba- bly in the UK, too) we have been doing that for years. Off street garages have pricing that changes by time of entry, time of exit, and day of the week. On street changes based on time of day ($1 an hour til 6 PM, free after 6 and on weekends). As for the technology –


there are a ton of meters, pof, pbs, and other devices that allow the city to change rates at will, and by time, day, and phase of the moon, if they like. By the way, Peter, Shoup’s theories


are slowly being put into practice in many cities in the U.S. It’s a fight – that pesky democracy is at work. But after all the armwaving and discussions are over, a blend of free market, reason, local needs and common sense seems to take control.At least sometimes.Over to you...


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