Posted: 12|18|12 at 2:49 pm by Abdul Hakim-Shabazz
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Always a great idea to sell the furniture & then rent it back.
…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.
Nice puff piece for a world class stupidity action, in my view.
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.
An interesting comment, with no argument to support it. Why, in your view, was there ‘a world class stupidity action’?
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.
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.
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
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?
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?
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…..
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?
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.
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.
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?
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.
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????????????
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
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.
Not with the sorts of leaders that people elect around here-that is for sure.
I avoid the parking meters by taking my business and my events away from them.
Amen. Amen. Amen.
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