San Francisco’s SFPark is Nothing But a Big FU to the 99% – Here’s Why Rich People Love the SFMTA’s New Program

Do you know how long you can park at these new SFPark meters? Like four hours, baby. Just pop in your credit card.

Do you know who appreciates that? Rich people, the demographically-desirable who drive BMW’s and Mercedes Benzeseses.

Here’s five in a row. Thanks SFPARK!

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Here’s an exercise. Just as you can add “in bed” to your fortune cookie message, you can append the phrase “FOR RICH PEOPLE WITH MERCEDES AND BMW CARS” to any statement from the horrible SFPark people from the horrible SFMTA. Like this:

“SFMTA established SFpark to use new technologies and policies to improve parking in San Francisco FOR RICH PEOPLE WITH MERCEDES AND BMW CARS. Reducing traffic by helping RICH PEOPLE WITH MERCEDES AND BMW CARS find parking benefits RICH PEOPLE WITH MERCEDES AND BMW CARS. More parking availability makes streets less congested FOR RICH PEOPLE WITH MERCEDES AND BMW CARS. Meters that accept credit and debit cards FROM RICH PEOPLE WITH MERCEDES AND BMW CARS reduce frustration and parking citations FOR RICH PEOPLE WITH MERCEDES AND BMW CARS. With SFpark, RICH PEOPLE WITH MERCEDES AND BMW CARS can all circle less and live more.

SFpark works by collecting and distributing real-time information about where parking is available so RICH PEOPLE WITH MERCEDES AND BMW CARS can quickly find open spaces.

To help achieve the right level of parking availability FOR RICH PEOPLE WITH MERCEDES AND BMW CARS, SFpark periodically adjusts meter and garage pricing up and down to match demand FROM RICH PEOPLE WITH MERCEDES AND BMW CARS. Demand-responsive pricing encourages drivers to park in underused areas and garages, reducing demand (FROM POOR PEOPLE, THE 99%, THOSE FUCKERS) in overused (OVERUSED BY WHOM? BY POOR PEOPLE, THE 99%, THOSE FUCKERS) areas.

Through SFpark, real-time data and demand-responsive pricing work together to readjust parking patterns in the City so that parking is easier to find FOR RICH PEOPLE WITH MERCEDES AND BMW CARS”

On It Goes…

SFPark: “Let us “manage” your parking the same way we manage MUNI!”

SFPark: “Parking meters everywhere (eventually, including the entire Sunset District!) and for all (except for the specific whites of Pacific Heights). Hurray!”

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11 Responses to “San Francisco’s SFPark is Nothing But a Big FU to the 99% – Here’s Why Rich People Love the SFMTA’s New Program”

  1. Dave D. says:

    …If I didn’t know better, I’d think you were bigoted against the wealthy.

    ..They worked hard for the money.

  2. John Murphy says:

    Sorry Jim – FAIL

  3. Cap. Obvious says:

    This shouldn’t be news to anybody. The Government exists solely to ensure the pleasure and enjoyment of the 1%. The rest of us are just serfs generating revenue for the Government.

    The politically well-connected will just get a handicap placard and park for free at these meters.

    The poor are too poor to afford a car anyways, so they don’t care.

    The middle class will get squeezed, once again.

  4. Jacob says:

    I don’t get it. Not being super-familiar with the situation, can you explain why it sucks and is only good for rich people? (Beyond the obvious fact that rich people can buy more of anything…)

  5. Jacob says:

    I should be clear — I’m coming at this from an ideologically Shoupian perspective (http://www.amazon.com/High-Cost-Free-Parking/dp/1884829988). But I really don’t know much about SF’s specific implementation. Does the reason SFPark suck boil down to “now I have to pay for parking,” or is it something more than that?

    I do think the market-based pricing will be difficult to implement. It’s not clear how parkers can really dynamically respond to increases in price that they aren’t aware of until they get to the meter… of course, if it’s mostly the same people parking in the area every day, they’ll figure it out pretty quick.

  6. Easy says:

    The real 99% take Muni, and are glad to get the extra $$$ to help keep the buses going.

  7. Transit rider says:

    Dude,

    The rich own cars. Why not tax them to pay for better Muni service and bike improvements? Or are you part of the 1 percent?

  8. Anonymous says:

    Wait, you’re saying that BMW and Mercedes drivers are going to pay to use public space to store their vehicles and that by the meters accepting credit cards, 1%ers are not just going to screw over the city because they don’t have any quarters? That’s awesome! Go SFpark.

  9. Talker says:

    Jacob – yes there is more to it all. The meters start at $ .25 a meter and then change price hourly in response to demand – up to $6 an hour, $18 per hour for special events.

    Workers of minimum wage who carry tools and materials in their cars to work to park – that comes to minimum $700 a year. Some lower income people don’t drive, some do. We have areas of town where people who provide essential services to SF live and work, and do need cars.

    Streets in neighborhoods of plans that were previously designated for 2-hour parking signs were changed to be metered. The question has been – why can’t these areas have parking permits like the rest of the City?
    That’s for a start why these plans don’t work .

    The Shoup talk may be great lofty and ideal goals. What happens when bureaucracies and debt-ridden entities start to work with ideals is another story.

  10. Jacob says:

    “Jacob – yes there is more to it all. The meters start at $ .25 a meter and then change price hourly in response to demand – up to $6 an hour, $18 per hour for special events.”

    Sounds like a good start.

    “Workers of minimum wage who carry tools and materials in their cars to work to park – that comes to minimum $700 a year. Some lower income people don’t drive, some do. We have areas of town where people who provide essential services to SF live and work, and do need cars.”

    I wonder how many “workers of minimum wage” actually drive and park in these areas. In any case, I’d be open to parking subsidies for the poor, as is done with e.g. low-income housing. (This would be easy — a preloaded card for the meters, or something like that.) But free parking is a subsidy to the poor AND the rich.

    “Streets in neighborhoods of plans that were previously designated for 2-hour parking signs were changed to be metered. The question has been – why can’t these areas have parking permits like the rest of the City?”

    I agree with you, the SFPark areas shouldn’t be special — I think the entire City should have to pay market rates for parking.

  11. somasoma says:

    The Public Worker Gravy Train continues. SF Park is EPIC FAILURE! Jay Primus and the rest of the SFMTA are not listening to the residents!! SF Park came through my neighborhood in SOMA and replaced half of the Residential (Y) Zone parking with meters. The end result is that taxpaying city residents can no longer park their cars near their homes, apartments, and businesses.

    The epic failure is that **NO ONE IS PARKING AT THE METERS** along the Caltrain line Near Townsend and 6th street. Residents on Bluxome Street now have to park our cars up to 4 blocks away from our homes or pay $2.00 an hour to park at the meters to bring in groceries or off load our children. Is it any wonder why families have given up on San Francisco?

    It is a huge inconvenience to the businesses and residents in my neighborhood and its made SOMA a less desirable place to rent, own real estate, or operate a business. The residents see this as a money grab by the SFMTA who rammed these meters through without regard for the needs or input of our neighborhood. The city takes away street parking from hardworking residents so that the SFMTA can build websites and useless smartphone apps that require a $100.00 a month cell phone plan. *This is class warfare that favors the wealthiest residents of the city and penalizes poorer, working class citizens who have less money and education. SF Park states that that they use “innovative technology and advanced pricing strategies”. I say that residents should not have to own a smart phone, or be digitally literate in order to park their cars.

    The SFMTA is using a $19.4 million grant from the Federal Highway Administration to bilk motorists, expand city government, and create a new revenue stream. This de facto tax threatens to price residents out of their neighborhoods and decimate small businesses. More than 1 in 3 of San Francisco’s nearly 27,000 city workers earned $100,000 or more last year. The revenue from these new meters will only benefit the pockets, and pension plans of city employees who are already receiving generous city benefits.

    Residents in other parts of the city should fight this fascism and not allow these meters to be installed. The people who implemented this poorly run project should be ousted from their six figure, App writing, Ivory Towers and replaced with people who are willing to work with residents.