It seems like we have created an unreasonable situation with regard to the metered parking in downtown Tacoma. At times there is a completely excessive and unreasonable enforcement strategy with a “we’ll show them attitude.”
I am generally supportive of the meters, think they are priced fairly and hope that they do a good job of making parking more available as needed. However, I think it is totally unfair to issue tickets to customers who park for a minute or two in one of several wide-open parking spaces, and then have the ticket vultures show up and seize on these unfortunates like a piece of meat to feed the machine.
Surely, if there are unused vacant spots all around and someone parks for a minute or two to drop off a letter or make a quick purchase, there should be some leeway. Again and again this is happening, and it is needlessly causing a negative impact on downtown businesses.
If the goal is help the downtown business thrive, then there needs to be some common sense shown on the part of the staff issuing these tickets so they are seen as helpful custodians of a valuable resource rather then vultures waiting for the kill. It was my understanding the purpose is to make more parking available, not to punish people when it is abundantly available.