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Questioning city leaders' judgment with new parking meters

Published: July 21, 2012

Regarding “New parking meters go live” (News, July 17): Today, there are parking meters where you can still get 3 minutes for a nickel. Tomorrow, that's 75 cents, please. And be sure to go back to your car and properly display that little piece of paper. City leaders didn't find an appropriate choice or exercise good judgment when they agreed to inflict this tedious parking problem on us. This is the same parking meter practice Chicago is using to jack up rates at will depending on the whims of their now-privatized city parking. Are we going that way, too?

Weigh this “small” issue with other problems like having too few downtown exits from the rerouted Interstate 40 or the surprising details for the plan for placating downtown-bound drivers with a boulevard that now will be elevated in parts and maybe have a silly traffic circle. Who was asleep when this debacle was unfolding? The leadership struggles with even getting bus service right. While facing a big plate of infrastructure issues and great social needs, if a city isn't getting the “small” issues right, one has to wonder how well it's doing on the big issues.

Jon Womastek, Oklahoma City


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