“Some Tips to Help SF Weekly Get Over the Free Parking Obsession.
DOES THE SF WEEKLY HAVE AN “OBSESSION” WITH FREE PARKING? NO. SO YOU’RE WRONG, STREETSBLOG. AND YOU’RE DOING A DISSERVICE TO YOUR 80 OR SO DAILY READERS / COMMENTERS WHEN YOU LIE ABOUT STUFF, RIGHT?
“The folks at SF Weekly seem really upset about the end of free car parking on Sundays.”
BY FOLKS PLURAL YOU MEAN ERIN SHERBERT SINGULAR? YES YOU DO. WRONG AGAIN. AND IS SHE “REALLY UPSET” NO. WRONG AGAIN. AND DOES SHE EVEN “SEEM” TO BE REALLY UPSET? NO. WRONG AGAIN.
The shock is apparently severe enough that Erin Sherbert put up a post yesterday directing readers to sign the petition demanding an absolute end to the SF Municipal Transportation Agency’s expansion of parking meters, launched by the Eastern Neighborhoods United Front (ENUF).
DID SHE “DIRECT” READERS TO DO ANYTHING? NO. WRONG AGAIN.
Many San Franciscans tired of the free parking mess on commercial streets actually aren’t “pissed off about paying for parking on Sunday.”
HOW MANY? ENOUGH TO SUPPORT ADVERTISING ON THE STREETSBLOG? NOPE! THAT CAN”T BE TOO “MANY,” HUH? OH, THAT REMINDS ME, FORK OVER $60K TO ME RIGHT NOW SO THAT I CAN CONTINUE TO SUSTAIN MY UNSUSTAINABLE BLOG!
But in a sign that you don’t need a parking PhD to get why meters make streets work better for everyone, SF Weekly’s readership seemed to welcome the end of free parking on Sundays.
OH A PHD IN PARKING! IF ONLY!
SF’s dysfunctional free Sunday parking regime was a burden to everyone who had to circle the block endlessly for a spot, everyone who had to put up with commercial streets clogged with traffic, noise, and exhaust, and all the merchants who lost business because of the lack of parking turnover.
SO NOW IT”S EASY TO PARK ON SUNDAYS? REALLY? I DON’T THINK SO. PERHAPS ALL THE SPIN COMING FROM SFTMA MUNI DPT SFPARK MIGHT NOT BE 100% ACCURATE? GEE, PERHAPS ORGANIZED RELIGION HAD A LITTLE SOMETHING TO DO WITH FREE SUNDAY PARKING BACK IN THE DAY AND, COME TO THINK OF IT, THESE DAYS (UP UNTIL NOON, ANYWAY) AS WELL. MMMM… AND MAYBE SFMTA MUNI DPT SFPARK WON’T BE CHARGING “ENUF” IN CERTAIN AREAS TO GARNER ALL THE BENEFITS THEY ARE PROMISING. WE’LL SEE….
All told, free Sunday parking was much more “oppressive” than paying a price to use scarce street space for automobile storage.
SING IT, PREACHER MAN!
That’s why supporters of SFPark started their own petition encouraging its expansion. It’s a point we make repeatedly on Streetsblog, and hopefully the editors at SF Weekly got the message coming from their readers.
YOU “REPEATEDLY” MAKE THE SAME POINT ON YOUR UNSUSTAINABLE, MONEY-LOSING BLOG – WHO’S “OBSESSED” NOW?
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WELL, THAT’S REASSURING.
ALL RIGHT, ENJOY YOUR FANTASY LAND, WHILE IT LASTS.
We few, we happy few, we band of brothers…