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.