Thursday, May 22, 2008
your weekly parking ticket neurosis
.... just doing my job.
If there is anything more trivial and annoying than your weekly $18 dollar parking ticket, it is the people that issue them. Sneaky, relentless and with our money, the MiamiParkingAuthirity is re-designing our town street-level quality of life, one sign at a time... and visual pollution is the least of our Orwellian quandry.
In the more effervescent neighborhoods there is basically no free parking and the old-fashioned parking meters (one-turn-bandits) are not retired, they are installed where there once was none, in the marginal periphery, in 'no-mans-land' bordering residential streets .
Their relentless greed and heartless practice is fueled by dreams of a revenue stream wider than the everglades. On a quite unassuming alley in the design district I used to have a loading-zone sign in front of my studio that was replaced by another one of those gawd forsaken meter sentry contraptions.
Wassup with all that? Is MPA private-for-profit (just like MDX)?
Local businesses and residents are on the ground doing the heavy lifting, working against a tsunami of increasing cost-of-living demands to keep our city afloat. We do not need:
parasite |ˈparəˌsīt| noun an organism that lives in or on another organism (its host) and benefits by deriving nutrients at the host's expense. • derogatory a person who habitually relies on or exploits others and gives nothing in return.
If all that money collected went to something good, say directly to our ailing schools, or community outreach, to identify and offer real help to neglected children, isolated elderly and neighborhoods problems, then maybe it would not be so bad, but it all just goes down the bureaucratic money-hole in buckets.
It's our car's world now.