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Pricing Problems from Page 35


Setting a proper parking price, i.e., more than $2 on a street


next to an $8/hr lot would free up spaces for short-term visitors, making those visitors happy, saving time, saving fuel, reducing con- gestion, reducing pollution and swelling city coffers. Correct pric- ing of street parking leaves almost everyone awinner especially the City and its property tax-payers. Wait you say, what about those people who circle and get a $2


space and therefore are more likely able to visit a shopping area in Toronto to transact business. Isn’t that good? Not so much. Each such lucky person in the parking lottery pays a price for the uncer- tainty, the circling, the extra gas, the extra walk, and the lateness and the rush. Each one contributes to congestion and pollution, as the majority of them are “entitled” to park their SOV at the lowest price. Underpriced parking carries a small, transient benefit to individuals who happen to be lucky on a particular day, but it car- ries a large societal detriment to all of us each day, every day. AnyMayor in any city in any country on our planet can green


his citywhile contributing to its coffers.No programto raise tens of millions for a city could be saner – and its way, way better that increasing property taxes.


Bern Grush is Chief Scientist for Skymeter Corporation. He can be reached at bgrush@skymetercorp.com


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How to Get Unwelcome


Guests to Leave To rid your parking facility of its bird problems, you can


use a variety of deterrents and exclusion methods.According to No Fly Zone, themost popular are: • Bird-exclusion netting - The use of bird-exclusion net-


ting provides a safe and humanemethod of completely exclud- ing pest birds fromdesired areas. • Bird spikes -These are stainless steel products that deter


birds from landing and/or roosting on light-to-heavy pressure sites such as ledges, etc. • Ledge guard -This is a new innovative approach to con-


trolling and eliminating the damage caused by roosting and/or nesting birds. It creates a small angle that prevents pigeons, starlings, sparrows and other birds from landing or gaining access to a desired nesting area. •Ultrasonic SoundUnits -This option attempts to provide


a barrier around the exterior of the facility to prevent birds fromhanging around the facility and gaining entry. For more information, check www.parkingtoday.com


and click on ePIP and select the category “Bird Control.” Or visit www.nofly-zone.com/options.htm.


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