Permit Parking Expands: Doomsday Clock Ticks Minute Closer To Midnight

http://kaeso.files.wordpress.com/2007/01/doomsday-clock.jpgWe’ll send you over to GCPVD for the exciting news that the overnight parking permit signage is popping up on the west side of town.

It’s an expansion of the pilot program that was instituted four years ago, by a group of us City Council folk.  Hopefully the pace of expansion will quicken now, as it becomes clearer that the signs do not portend the end of the world — and might even save a tree or two.

6 thoughts on “Permit Parking Expands: Doomsday Clock Ticks Minute Closer To Midnight”

  1. Bryan, I’m not talking about this program (which is a good thing, in my opinion), I’m talking about the ‘overnight parking’ as a whole in Providence.

    I hear a lot of folks ask ‘why don’t we just allow it outright?’

  2. “The reason the East Side doesn’t want overnight parking is that all the students will bring their cars”

    Nope. To qualify for the program, your car has to be registered in Providence, excluding teh vast majority of students in the city.

  3. Mangeek, I really like this, though I do have some questions and concerns.

    The ‘hideously bloated cost’ of overnight permits may warm those of us who don’t own cars, but I worry that it could be a hardship for many people who feel they have to have them but don’t have a lot of money.

    I like the idea of requiring R.I. registration, as we’d expect for resident permit on-street parking, though I think a lot of us would like to see a tiered system more favourable to actual residents. Perhaps non-staters could pay a more hideous cost?

    As with so many things like this, Rhode Island seems disinclined to study how it’s done elsewhere. Southern New England is filled with old mill towns and cities that have had to deal with this, and it would be worth our while to see how the different solutions work. Hartford, for example, for all its many failings, uses a day/side system in dense residential neighbourhoods in the West End (very roughly analogous to our East Side), where cars have to be off one side of the street during certain periods on certain days, to allow for cleaning.

    Here, I think it needs to be done in such a way that it benefits the city as much or more than the current system of ticketing overnighters while keeping the streets mostly clear. The City has already acknowledged that ticketing is an important revenue stream. Surely this can be styled to provide a similar fiscal benefit, and I think some version of Mangeek’s proposal promises that.

  4. I never appreciated the overnight parking ban until I started skateboarding at night.. makes the streets so much wider and more fun.

    There’s some propaganda for ya: Thwart skaters, allow overnight parking!

  5. While I agree that not having overnight parking is a drag, I think there’s a missed opportunity here.

    The reason the East Side doesn’t want overnight parking is that all the students will bring their cars, making navigation, parking, and congestion worse. I can understand that, not having a place to put a car is probably quite a deterrent for many students who would otherwise just bring their parents’ clunkers.

    What I’d like to see is the implementation of a special registration tag (the ones that expire every two years) available from the DMV that would allow overnight parking in the city. The DMV already has facilities to charge for things like this, which is a bonus savings over the Providence plan.

    Here’s the idea:

    Special two-year overnight parking registrations would be available from the DMV at some hideously bloated cost, they would be easily identified by a different marking or hologram on them. The state would kick most of the proceeds back to the city the user is registered in.

    The overnight parkers would have to be RI-registered cars, meaning that our state budget and local insurance companies would benefit from having lots of out-of-state drivers actually register here. Think about it: more RI registered cars means lower insurance rates (overhead spread out to more customers), more money for cities and towns (via the car tax), and more money for the state (from the DMV fees).

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