Friday, January 19, 2007

City authority OKs free parking schedule - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

This is so Jim Ferlo-ish.
City authority OKs free parking schedule - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Free parking is so romantic.

Sweethearts who travel to Downtown on Feb. 14 will be able to park for free on the first of seven parking holidays this year at the Pittsburgh Parking Authority's 5,000 garage spaces and 800 parking meters.

Free parking on Valentine's Day will be from 4 p.m. to midnight.

The other free days are Nov. 23 and the five Saturdays between Thanksgiving and Christmas: Nov. 24 and Dec. 1, 8, 15, and 22. They will last all day.
Perhaps this is a the sentimental "bobble" to smoothen the jilted relationship with the public. You know. Some couples have a 'spat' and then the Mrs. gets a new family jewel. I think this happened with some NBA player who was caught red handed, right?

So, for Pittsburgh, the citizens get to feel the day-in-day-out sting of high taxes on parking -- but -- get to park for free on a few Saturdays. Sparkle season smiles.

This kiss and make up deed and news release costs $100,000.

Why not give $100,000 to the pipe dream called the Pittsburgh Promise? That's the hope that city kids will get college scholarships and only $10,000 went into the kitty.

This is weirdness as well when David Onorato starts to speak for the private parking operators. The Parking Authority is a steward of our public assets. They feel that they are entitled to give away $100,000 as they wish to who they wish. But, he has to have his head examined to say that the private parking business folks MIGHT offer a similar give-a-way.

Is this public servant going to show up in other private marketplaces and demand that others give away free trinkets too?

If he is trying to figure out the best way to serve the public then he needs to think again. The give-a-way is a positive thing for his self interest.

Here are a few free parking spots:
From merge city

From china - bike ...

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