Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Watch the Parking Meters

I'm sorry, but Brian Nearing's story about the new "cash keys" for feeding Albany's voracious parking meters reads like a press release from the mayor's office. I don't mean to be cynical ---after all, the cash key has been hugely successful in such bustling cities as Auburn, NY, Morgantown, WV, and Harrisburg, PA.
Economic development guru and chairman of the Albany Parking Authority, Kevin O'Connor clearly sees this as the key to economic revitalization:
"We are always looking for innovative ways to improve parking in Albany. Our research indicated that we needed to make parking more convenient, so we've made a large investment to do just that."
It's not like we're asking people to carry around cinder blocks in their pockets, they're quarters. If Mr' O'Connor wants to make my life more convenient, I'd suggest 5 minute free parking outside the Starbucks at State and Pearl.