Comment 62641

By Meredith (registered) - website | Posted April 25, 2011 at 08:29:22

If you want a local and recent example of how free parking takes spots away from customers and encourages people to park all day, I've stated this example before in a couple of settings. On King West near Hess, there's several small businesses who normally have parking spaces along the street.

During the pre-Christmas holiday season when that parking becomes metered instead of free, it's taken up by residents and people who work nearby instead of leaving any spots open for customers, who then have to find parking elsewhere. That does bother business, and it's a concern that's been brought to the councillor in a meeting I was at - although I don't know if the complaint's been made in a more formal capacity.

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