Originally Posted by Caveat Emperor
Every extra hour is more money the meter is making or more opportunities to write citations (1 citation @ $100 is worth several days of meter revenue). Plus, active meters force people to parking garages (where they don't have to worry about re-feeding a meter) who would otherwise be parking on the street.
I understand the principle but is that extra money really a deal breaker? And if there really is a pot of gold for them then why sell it off? Increase the hours yourself and rake in the money
My issue with it is that it'll discourage people from coming downtown and isn't that counterproductive? Sure they'll make more in parking fees but less in business generated taxes/money. It's hard enough to get my suburbanite brethren to go downtown. Once people hear about these $100 tickets and how there's no free parking, it'll really be a tough sell.