I just can’t get behind this idea of financing the present by leasing/selling assets. Aren’t we eventually going to run out of assets to lease/sell?
Also, in every instance I have heard of - Skyway, Midway, parking meters …, costs to the consumer/taxpayer increased dramatically. I’m not convinved the average taxpayer saw benefits outweighing the costs.
No silly, Meigs is where the Richard J. Daley Memorial Casino was supposed to go until the state gambling board remembered that giving the city of Chicago a casino would be like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys. Now it’s going to be some sort of Olympic slum run by Tony Rezko from prison.
I’ve given up driving in the city but this still makes me furious.
I actually live “in” Chicago…not a suburbanite. For that I pay crazy sales taxes on gas and so on ($8.50/pack of cigarettes…really). In addition to that I pay a hefty city tax yearly just to have a car then pay none-too-light parking fees for a spot at home (I could street park for free technically). For all that I am barred from parking in many neighborhoods since I do not have their Zone sticker on my car. Add in zealous parking ticket happy police (they even have special trucks with cameras that patrol and read license plates to get you).
Now they want to rape me some more? Fuck them…bastards…getting tired of being nickle-and-dimed at every turn. I appreciate the city needs revenue but how about cleaning up graft and shit like that first before fleecing me?
Worse yet-- this private company also has the right to make all meters 24-7 meters. No Sundays off, no holidays, no free parking after 9pm. So in a lot of neighborhoods, people won’t be able to park at the meters overnight…so they’ll have to park on the sidestreets. Which are usually full. There will not be enough parking spots in some neighborhoods to handle it…
That article raises more questions than provides answers.
Does that mean that the physical meter property is being sold? Or only the rights to collect the income? Who will set the rates (it will be a monopoly)? Does the purchaser have to rent the space they are sitting on or is that being sold or leased also? What about new locations or inactivating old ones due to street changes? Who decides that? What if there is a dispute about payment – will that be a civil suit? Can/will cops write tickets for violations?
This will be a problem in my neighborhood. In Rogers Park where I live, there is a lot of dense housing and street parking is pretty much impossible after 7 or 8pm. We can usually find a spot up on Rogers Ave though at a meter spot. Looks like that’s not going to work for us anymore.
On the one hand, adding a profit motive to anything rarely makes it cheaper, and I’m generally opposed to privatizing any government service.
On the other, I’ve lived here in Chicago for 18 years and have never had a car, and don’t want one. Anything that makes cars less attractive makes the CTA more so. The more people who use public transit, the better it will be. They’ll add trains and improve stations and service.
In the long term maybe, but it will be hell in the short term. The CTA has additional trains on order…but none of them will be available for “several years” cite. I’ve read as many as 10 years in other papers.
This is what I wondered. I can actually get behind a meter price hike and fewer holidays as a way to discourage unnecessary driving and reducing emissions. IF there’s a commensurate increase in funding for public transit and expansion/improvement of service. I have heard of no such plans, so the meter deal pisses me off.
We’re bringing on all of this revenue, and at the same time we’re seeing services cut (snow removal for example). And don’t get me started on TIFs.