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City Gets High Marks for Parking Meter Privatization

  • malercous

    Always a great idea to sell the furniture & then rent it back.

  • CircleCityScribe

    …they didn’t mention that the enforcement has increased, too. Those sensors in the street also alert the meter maids to locations where there is a car parked with a meter that has just expired.

  • http://www.facebook.com/leon.dixon.18 Leon Dixon

    Nice puff piece for a world class stupidity action, in my view.

  • Aaron315

    So
    you are upset that you cannot game the system as easily now and
    therefor the deal must be bad. Perhaps your out of perspective a bit.
    It’s bad for you because you can not so easily violate city parking
    ordinance anymore. Your view seems a bit selfish to me while looking
    only at your personal negative impact and forgetting the overall gains
    from the program and benefits to the city, neighborhoods and people. Your comment is very transparent and speaks volumes as to your true character and agenda.

  • Aaron315

    An interesting comment, with no argument to support it. Why, in your view, was there ‘a world class stupidity action’?

  • Aaron315

    Your comment is certainly damning. Unfortunately, it is narrow in scope and thought. To follow your metaphor where ‘furniture’ is parking….. Why is it not
    smart to LEASE the spot your couch sits inold for more than it is worth
    currently, allow the leasee to upgrade the furniture and maintain the
    furniture at their expense while paying you residuals greater than you
    earned before on the same spot? Less effort, more income and better
    service overall is a bad thing? Remember, every ten years the city can
    opt out and at 50 years the contract to LEASE ends. There was no sale.
    So in 50 years you get your couch spot back, much improved and worth
    more than it was when you leased it out originally NOT to mention to
    financial gains over the term of the lease.

  • http://www.facebook.com/paul.k.ogden.5 Paul K. Ogden

    There is no 10 year opt out provision. If you read it, as I have, you realize the conditions they attached to it made it impossible to ever use it. We could have bought new meters and modernized for $8 to $10 million. Instead we took $20 million and gave away 70% of the revenue from the meters for the next 50 years. There is nothing smart about that.

  • Guest

    Leon, there have been about 50 stories written about the boondoggle that is the parking meter deal. Why don’t you read those stories? YOu can find them on Google. The ACS deal has been ripped apart in excrutiating detail, not to mention the stories about all the problems we have had since

  • CircleCityScribe

    Is Aaron questioning my character?
    Now look my office is in Broad Ripple. The other day I patronized Brothers, 2 blocks away and was a short time over, they got me…and they’ll get you! Unlike Aaron, on my lunch, I don’t check my watch, I eat, enjoy company of others and leave. It is after all where I spend my money.
    Now, I didn’t say anything more than having the meter maid see your meter is about to expire and stroll over so that at that second you can have your ticket is a litte bit absurd. Is that what Aaron wants?

  • http://www.facebook.com/paul.k.ogden.5 Paul K. Ogden

    Aaron, do you not have Google on your computer? There have been about 50 stories written about the boondoggle that is the parking meter deal. Why don’t you read those stories? The ACS deal has been ripped apart in excrutiating detail, not to mention the stories about all the problems we have had since. Why don’t you simply educate yourself by reading what has already been written? Of course, you’re not really interested in the truth are you?

  • CircleCityScribe

    Why didn’t the city simply maintain ownership of the parking meter assets and invest in the newer technology, coupled with higher rates, and realize all of
    the revenues? It does not take a PhD. to do the math and figure out that would return a lot more money. Instead, it appears Ballard allowed the “Straubification” of parking meters…..

  • Guest

    What “gains?” Jon Murray of the Indianapolis Star documented how the City was taking in a lot less money than they represented they would be, a fact this Reason story simply ignores in favor of instead reporting spin. Could the “gain” be giving away 70% of our parking revenue fr the next 50 years to ACS, a politically connected company that employ as a lobbyist the Mayor’s attorney and the then Council President (and now chief of staff to the Mayor) Ryan Vaughn who cast the tie-breakiing vote?

  • http://www.facebook.com/paul.k.ogden.5 Paul K. Ogden

    What “gains?” Jon Murray of the Indianapolis Star documented how the City was taking in a lot less money than they represented they would be, a fact this Reason story simply ignores in favor of instead reporting spin. Could the “gains” be a gain for ACS since we’re giving away 70% of our parking revenue for the next 50 years to the politically connected company that employ as a lobbyist the Mayor’s attorney and the then Council President (and now chief of staff to the Mayor) Ryan Vaughn who cast the tie-breakiing vote? I have to wonder if Reason received from ACS to produce this nonsense.

  • IndyDan

    So Aaron was right. . . You tried to game the system and lost and that is why you are upset? Is it the parking or the beer selection? Seems you rather made his point for him.

  • CircleCityScribe

    IndyDan…you failed to accept the challenge!
    Do you want consumers like myself to make alternate arrangements, due to Ballard’s policies? I’ve been in The Village for a while now. How about you?
    IndyDan, what do you pay to park? Is a meter maid coming to wait for your time to expire? -Or would it be better in the manner I previously suggested?

  • IndyDan

    CCS
    I park in The Village every day and many evenings as well. I’ve not
    had a parking ticket in more than 20 years. I manage my time and
    resources appropriately so as not to run afoul of the laws of parking,
    even before the newer technology was enacted. Perhaps you should look
    into getting a smart phone and setting a reminder so that you can
    remember when your time expires. Seems to me the OP hit the nail square
    on the head with you. Your rebuttals not only make his case but in
    fact reinforce it. As for me I think the fact that the increased
    enforcement has drive scofflaws such as you away freeing up parking for
    paying customers is a great thing. Your entire argument is obviously
    based in a personal hatred for the mayor and for the accountability he
    has brought to you in your parking. Kind Sir, The area and it’s
    businesses will do just fine without your visit. You overestimate your
    personal value to the businesses you patronize.

  • Teutonic

    What is funny with all of the detractors is no one addresses how much it was costing the city to have the old broken down meters. How much would it have cost to upgrade? Would they have been as easy to use and as user friendly in being able to find a parking space? Woudl Broad Ripple been able to get a parking garage built? Has anyone taken into consideration the fact that the city doens’t have to pay maintanence and upgrade fees when new technology comes out and can be implemented.

    We have new meters a new garage at Broad Ripple(which defenitly needs more parking spaces), we got infrastructure improvements and all of this was before the meters were generating revenue. How would the city have paid for all of this????????????

  • CircleCityScribe

    IndyDan, are you name-calling? The guy on a lunch who is about 20 minutes over on the meter and pays the fine by the end of the day is a “scofflaw???” -You better think again

  • http://www.facebook.com/leon.dixon.18 Leon Dixon

    I have read some of those but certainly not all 50 or so of them. ACS in Chicago is instructive of what is likely to occur here, in my opinion.

  • http://www.facebook.com/leon.dixon.18 Leon Dixon

    Not with the sorts of leaders that people elect around here-that is for sure.

  • http://www.facebook.com/leon.dixon.18 Leon Dixon

    I avoid the parking meters by taking my business and my events away from them.

  • ImTheMoron

    Amen. Amen. Amen.