Re: “Parking costs top $1 million” (TNT, 7-13).
It’s commendable that the City of Tacoma sets the high mark for implementing paid parking infrastructure and enforcement. What’s not clear from the article is any indication of actual benefit to local business and consumers.
The intentions stated in the article are to increase turnover, build a more vibrant business atmosphere and increase “use” of downtown (whatever that means). Like most government programs, the intention is one thing, the unintended consequences another.
We know this much: Around $1 million a year is being spent on a larger and more pervasive government bureaucracy, whose benefit to the community is suspect. On the down side of the ledger, $1.1 million was taken from the pockets of consumers who are patrons of the downtown area in the form of fees and fines, which will definitely not be spent there now.