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TACOMA: Parking meters hurt students, too

Letter by Ally D. Molloy, Tacoma on Oct. 20, 2010 at 1:54 pm | 6 Comments »
October 20, 2010 2:29 pm

As a student and a resident in Tacoma, I can understand the fuss of the newly implemented parking meters. For students, there was already a limited amount of parking spaces in downtown Tacoma that were free of charge, now with the limited spaces free, students are having to show up hours early to classes just to get a space. Classes run over two hours causing the students to leave class early to move their cars seeing as the meter is only good for two hours.

As for businesses thinking that this metered parking would increase their customers, they’re wrong. No visitor or resident is going to pay for a parking spot just to grab a cup of coffee.

I thought that hall monitors were just for high school, yet here we are with meter monitors on every corner waiting to assign a ticket. I do agree that there was an accurate amount of notice before tickets, yet there was no grace period to adjust to the change. I now know, as should every person who visits downtown Tacoma, to watch my back parking.

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