27 January 2013

What is Happening to the Parking Meters?

All of a sudden, over the past several months, all the parking meters in OTR have been getting vandalized. damaged parking meter
Meter laying on sidewalk
I suppose they are taking these and selling them for scrap metal, but the expense to replace and repair these must be costing the taxpayers quite a lot. See this Enquirer article a few weeks back. Actions like this make privatization of the meters, which I very much oppose, even more attractive to City leaders.


Anonymous said...

I don't know if I completely buy that broken windows theory (wasn't that James Q. Wilson?) but on the chance that it might be right, the city ought to be replacing these immediately.

I think privatizing the meters is the worse idea ever. If it does come to pass, I hope the city is very, very careful about the terms.

In Chicago, every time a street is closed, whether it be for a block party, street repair or whatever, the city must pay the parking meter company for all of their theoretically lost revenue -- which I imagine is calculated at the highest rate possible.

According to this article, the private company claims Chicago now owes them $50 million. Nice work if you can get it, I guess. cityhttp://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/24/chicago-parking-meter-sel_n_1543305.html

Blue Ash Mom

Anonymous said...

Still don't understand how the scrap yards arent better regulated. Quit taking copper and parking meters from these turds and they will quit steeling them