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RSS Is free parking a right, America?

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One of the many, many headaches inherent in any large metropolis is parking. Simply put, there isn't enough of it and if there is, it's a nine-mile walk from your actual destination. Ignoring the lack of spots and convenience, though, there's a greater issue that makes big-city parking a big pain - it's expensive.

That has a number of citizens' groups up in arms, arguing that the city exploits the parking situation to replenish the coffers. For some, such as a group in Los Angeles called the Los Angeles Parking Freedom Initiative, that issue means pushing for a reduction in costs and fines. For other groups, it means a whole-sale elimination of parking fees and fines.

The Week has an excellent write-up of a surprisingly interesting topic, analyzing whether parking is a civil right (it isn't) and why we simply don't have free parking. It's worth a read, so head over and take a look.

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Technically driving is a privilege and not a right. Once people get beyond that then based on simple deduction then parking is a privilege. Following the rules is not rocket surgery and people do not understand it.


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Technically driving is a privilege and not a right. Once people get beyond that then based on simple deduction then parking is a privilege. Following the rules is not rocket surgery and people do not understand it.

Supply and demand, what everything in the world is based off of. In the city, demand is high, supply is short so parking will be a premium. It's horrible though that everyone feels entitled to something this day in age. Completely agree that driving is a privilege, if you can afford a car, you should be able to afford to park it. If not, take the bus. Next thing you know people will be complaining of bus fees...

In the end, nothing is ever free.

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But muh first world privileges.

The fact that people in the US honestly think that "free parking" is a right makes me feel stupid.

Then again, capitalism has done enough damage nickel and diming us to death.

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