Thursday, June 06, 2013

The Parking Problem

In Philly I think parking-based opposition to new development is more focused on commercial rather than residential development, but it's still an issue. I go back and forth on whether the problem should be solved by simply allocating a set number of residential parking permits to existing residents and telling new residents that they're on their own. Then the issue becomes whether the permits are tradeable in some fashion or if there's just a waiting list.

I'm mildly sympathetic to the view that existing residents are stakeholders and that they've been implicitly granted some right to parking availability, a right which is diminished if the local permitted population increases. But only mildly. There isn't really a right to free parking in front of your house, no matter what some of my neighbors seem to think.