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TACOMA: Why not have free short-term parking?

Letter by James Clagg, Tacoma on Feb. 28, 2012 at 12:33 pm with 5 Comments »
February 28, 2012 12:37 pm

I recently had to purchase some music equipment, and the choice was to buy it downtown or out by the Tacoma Mall. I am not enamored by the mall area and like the idea of supporting downtown, but I am so turned off by the downtown parking meters that I turned the car toward the mall.

The system of free time zone parking for an hour, 30 minutes or whatever seems so much more inviting than having to pay just to run in to a store for a quick purchase.

Can I afford to pay the extra parking money? Yes, I can. Should I have to? I don’t see why. I’ve already paid for the streets, so why do I have to pay to park on them?

Yes, the city needs the money. There’s nothing new about that, and that is something that will never change. I am just sorry that we have to go that route.

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  1. alindasue says:

    I usually just park at Tacoma Dome transit center, ride the light rail in, and make a fun day of it.

  2. ReadNLearn says:

    You’re actually safer and better off not going to downtown Tacoma anyway and the parking meters are a way of saying that ‘you’re not welcome.’

  3. Vox_clamantis_in_deserto says:

    I have the same beef when stopping to pick up mail at my company PO Box – downtown Post Office branch. It isn’t even so much the cost as it is the inconvenience of having to find a kiosk, and then hope my card works in it… you know, for that 25-cent charge.

    Geez Tacoma, couldn’t you allow 15 minute parking in front of the darn post office?????

  4. Vox,
    Ever hear of a coin called a quarter?
    How about postal delivery service?

  5. Vox_clamantis_in_deserto says:

    You stalking’ me again, x?

    I never carry change. And it would be great if the USPS would deliver to my place of business like FedEx and UPS. However, due to the volume of mail and parcel post I was receiving, I was told I had to have a PO box about 10 years ago.

    You see, I’m not as dumb as you… think.

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