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It’s Brisbane, Not Baghdad …

Posted Nov. 29, 2011, by JVH Mark is agitating for an international “Baghdad by the Bay”

award for the most boneheaded parking rules in a “non-USA” locale. He nominates Brisbane, Australia. Seems that Westfield, arguably the world’s largest developer of

shopping centers, has begun to charge for parking in its Chelmsford center. If memory serves, this simple action caused a major problem in the surrounding neighborhoods. Seems that people were using the free parking at the shopping center as long-term parking for the nearby bus and rail stations. When charging began, two things occurred almost immediate-

ly. First, Westfield found that they had plenty of parking for its cus- tomers, parking that had been in short supply, and the local neigh- borhoods were deluged with people looking for places to park for free while they used rapid transit to go into the central city. So what’s the problem? All the city had to do was to set up a

program of pay on-street parking and the neighborhoods would be happy, Westfield would be happy, and if a park-and-ride facility were needed, it could be funded by the folks using it. All is right with the world. However, the local government has decided that free parking is

a natural right, like a walk about or shrimp on the barbie. They are looking for legal means to force Westfield to provide free parking on its own land, for its customers – and the rest of the people who want to park there and go elsewhere. The article I linked above is convoluted, but it seems that rules

in Australia are similar to those here in the States, and ex post facto is in effect. Retroactive laws are illegal. But they can pass rules that will force other shopping centers to provide free parking, or at least those that are built in the future. Of course, it’s also possible that when Westfield sues the local

government, the result could be that they would “top up” their bank accounts with city money, as one pol put it in the article. Gadzooks – the conventional wisdom is that “free” or subsi-

dized parking is adding to urban sprawl, to congestion and pollu- tion, and, well, to just about everything bad about cities. Don Shoup, call your office, and dust off your Australian visa.

Yikes!! I Like Something ‘Parking Matters’ Did … Posted Nov. 22, 2011, by JVH

I know I have given the International Parking Institute some

flack over its “Parking Matters” program, but the IPI’s most recent news release on “Parking Experts Offer Shoppers 10 Tips … for the Holiday Season” was great. It’s succinct, timely and helpful. I note in its release about the article the IPI credits Greg Stormberg and Geary Robinson. Kudos to these two, too. This is where the Parking Matters program needs to go. It will

get a lot of ink, and give a good boost to our industry. Keep it up, Shawn and Helen … good job.

Solve the Problem, Once and for All

Posted Nov. 17, 2011, by JVH The city of Chicago woke up a few days ago and found that 1 in

11 cars on its streets had handicapped permits. In the city, those with handicapped permits park for free. Mayor Rahm has decreed that the city will crack down on those scofflaws who use illegal per- mits. A state legislator wants to take it a step further. Yep, she wants to do away with free parking for the disabled.

And guess what? It appears that solves the problem. Here’s what the Chicago Sun-Times story goes on to say: “Other cities and states have grappled with the free-parking

issue. In Philadelphia, city leaders eliminated all-day free parking for disabled people in metered spots downtown and instead offered a one-hour free-parking grace period after metered time expires. “The Philadelphia ordinance, which also mandated a handi-

cap-only space on every metered block, took effect in April 2000. In the first nine months after that, meter revenues went up 17% as handicap-marked vehicles disappeared off the streets.” In Chicago, a handicapped permit means more than $2,000 in

free on-street parking. That’s a big number. So the motivation to cheat is great. When the financial reasons for cheating go away, so do the cheats. The state legislator is correct — simply raising the fine won’t

stop the problem. The fine is already high. Plus, there doesn’t seem Continued on Page 38

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